Kurt Klinger, January 21, 1950~December 10, 2014

Kurt Klinger, 64, passed away at his home in Fayetteville, AR. on December 10, 2014.  He was born in Philadelphia, PA. on January 21, 1950 the son of Ewald and Phyllis Klinger.  He graduated from Woodbury High School in Woodbury, N.J.  in 1968.  He then moved to Fayetteville, AR. where he attended the University of Arkansas and received a Bachelor’s degree in History in 1973.  Kurt spent most of his life in Fayetteville, but lived in St. Petersburg, FL. from 1998-2007 where he worked at the St. Petersburg Times, had many friends, and became a huge Tampa Bay Rays fan.  Kurt was passionate about baseball and music history.  He could listen to only a few notes of any song and instantly know the artist, title, year and month the song was released.   Like his brothers, he had a talent for music and loved playing the piano.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Ewald and David Klinger of FL. and Duke Klinger of N.J.

Survivors include his son, Travis Klinger and his wife, Angela; and their son, Maddox of Springdale, AR.; daughter, Brooke Grigg and her husband, Jeff; and their son, Austin of Fayetteville, AR.; and his beloved cat Gorpy.  He is also survived by his sister- in- law, Joanie Klinger; a niece, Kara Menard of N.J.; and three nephews, Jared and Brett Klinger of N.J. and Ewald Klinger of FL.

There will be a private family gathering with friends to celebrate Kurt’s life.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to local animal shelter.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville.

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    Carolyn Anderson » 16. Dec, 2014

    While I so regret not taking advantage of opportunities to visit once Kurt returned from FL, I have several memories from a life long ago (history connection, student teaching, etc.) that bring smiles. We are fortunate to have known someone who showed us how to embrace life with such passion.

    Sally Hoffman » 17. Dec, 2014

    Funny how some people you remember forever, Kurt was one of those. We dated back in 1980 and I can still hear his voice and loved his dry sense of humor, you will be missed Kurt.

    Diane Velo » 14. Jun, 2015

    My sympathies to your family. I am a graduate of the class of 1968 of Woodbury. It saddens me because to me, Kurt was young to have left this world. Prayers for him and those close to him. Sincerely, Diane Velo