Clifford Kling, 91, Kenmare, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in a Mohall nursing home.
Clifford Kling was born Aug. 25, 1921, a son of Martin and Bertha (Herman) Kling, in Bowbells. The family then moved to Donnybrook in 1926. He attended Donnybrook School and graduated in 1941.
Clifford entered the Army in July 1942 and served in North Africa, the Normandy Invasion, the Belgian Bulge, all the way to Berlin. His Army unit was called, "Hell on Wheels," the 2nd Armored. He was in the Berlin area until his honorable discharge in October 1945. The highlight of his life was the Honor Flight for Veterans of World War II, a flight he took in September 2010 to Washington, D.C.
Clifford married Pearl Michel June 15, 1947. From this union, three children were born, Emily, Carol, and Eddy. Clifford was employed by the Soo Line Railroad until 1950. Clifford and Pearl then farmed the home place until 1979, when they moved to Kenmare, meanwhile continuing to farm until retiring in 1989. While living in Kenmare, Pearl taught school until 1983.
Due to Clifford's health, he moved into the Good Samaritan Home in Mohall in March 2012, and continued to reside there until his death.
He was a member of the Donnybrook United Methodist Church, the Clarence McCormick American Legion Post #195 of Donnybrook, and Royal Neighbors of America.
His loving family includes: wife of 65 years, Pearl, Kenmare; children, Eddy Martin Kling, Kenmare, and Emily June Seime, Kenmare; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Walter (Esther) Kling, Minot, Frederick Kling, and his special friend, Marcella Edinger, Carrington; sisters, Esther (LeRoy) Bowman, Fargo, and Leona Funk, Bowbells; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carol Rasmusson; son-in-law, Duane Seime; brothers, Gustav (Hazel) Kling, Harry Kling, George (Alice) Kling, and Arthur (Olga) Kling; and brother-in-law, Arnold Funk.
In keeping with Clifford's loving and generous spirit, it was his decision to donate his body to the University of North Dakota Medical School Deeded Body Program in Grand Forks.
Memorial service: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, 11 a.m., at United Methodist Church, Donnybrook.
Interment: Will take place at the Donnybrook Cemetery, Donnybrook, at a later date, with Military Honors provided by the Donnybrook American Legion Post #195.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register Saturday, one hour prior to the service, at the church.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).