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Darrell Jonas Klinger
October 12, 1935 ~ November 6, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Darrell Jonas Klinger, also known as Mickey, passed away on November 6, 2023, at the age of 88 with his wife by his side. Mickey was born in Hegins, Pennsylvania on October 12, 1935, to the late Harold and Elsie (Artz) Klinger.
Along with his parents, Mickey was preceded in death by his brother, Albert Klinger. Mickey is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Gloria Klinger, and their children Denise Oglesby, husband Scott and Eric Klinger, wife Tammy; grandchildren Corey, Ryan, and Michael Oglesby, Charlie and Casey Klinger; brothers Roger and Earl Klinger, wife Betty; and many nieces and nephews.
Mickey began his schooling in Hegins and graduated from Girard College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1952. Mickey served in the Army from 1956-1958, where he was stationed in Germany. In 1962, Mickey moved to Maryland and worked for several construction and land development companies. Mickey loved to reminisce about some of the projects he helped with like paving the beltway, building McDonough High School, and developing St. Charles. One development project led him and his growing family to Hilton Head Island's Sea Pines Resort from 1972-1974. Mickey went on to have a successful career as an Engineering Technician at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head where he retired in 2000.
Mickey was truly an engineer at heart. He reveled in designing and building things such as a deck with a spiral staircase, brick fireplace and chimney, sheds, and a three tiered lily pond at their Bryans Road home. He helped Eric and Scott with a number of projects at their homes too. Mickey made his own deer antler mounts, driftwood lamps, recycled yard art, a canoe cart, and even some assistive gadgets that helped him navigate his last years. He would much rather make something than buy it.
In his free time, Mickey enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing tennis, playing cards, gardening, and taking care of his lily pond. These hobbies brought him joy and allowed him to connect with friends, family, and nature. Mickey cherished his time with his family. He was a proud dad and pops. Mickey loved getting together with his family to share a meal, some beer, and lots of laughs.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 10 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11 AM. Contributions in honor of Mickey’s memory can be made to The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy or Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation.
Mickey will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. May his soul rest in peace.