Klingler, William

Written by David Green.

William L. Klingler, 83, of Prattville Rd., Hudson, Mich., died Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at home surrounded by his family. 

He was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Rollin, Mich., to Gordon and Dot (Van Etten) Klingler.  He married Betty Baxter Dec. 25, 1942, in Hudson,  and she survives.

William was the third employee hired by M & S Manufacturing in Hudson, was a plant foreman for Rima Manufacturing and retired from Clark Equipment Corporation of Jackson. He lived on the family farm for 51 years, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, was an avid Detroit Tigers and Michigan State fan and loved supporting his family’s school events for more than 50 years.

Surviving William besides his wife, Betty, of Hudson, are four daughters, Judy (and John) Gibbs of Adrian,  Kathy (and Nick) Fix of Waldron, Kris (and Mike) Carver of Alabama and Cindy (and Fred) Horwath of Waldron; three sons, Phil (and Sharon) Klingler of Bryan, Ohio, Bill (and Paula) Klingler of Waldron and Kevin (and Leah) Klingler of Waldron; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers, two of them in infancy.

Funeral services for William Klingler are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson with Rev. Martin Bacalia officiating. Military interment by the Hudson American Legion Hannan Colvin Post #180 will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson.

Visitation is planned from 2-4 and 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to the Hickman Cancer Center or Hospice of Hillsdale County.

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