Obituary of Terry Arthur Klingel ~ 2009
Longtime Alaskan resident, Mr. Terry Arthur Klingel, 83, died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at
Long Term Care, South Peninsula Hospital in Homer where he had been a resident for 32
Respecting Terry’s wishes, there will be no public service. A private family gathering
Terry was born November 14, 1925 in Great Falls, Montana to Arthur Ames Klingel and
DorisTerry Kingel. He spent his growing up years in Niehart, Montana and Parkers
Prairie, Minnesota. At age 19, he entered the Army. He was badly wounded in action in
Europe during World War II and spent the next two years at Percy Jones Hospital in
Battle Creek, Michigan recuperating from surgeries.
Terry graduated from the University of Southern California and received his Master’s
degree from Stanford University. He always felt that education was a lifelong process
and passed on this love of learning to his family. He was an avid reader of non-fiction
which enhanced his knowledge of history. He believed in exposing his children to
enriching experiences and to always act with conscience. He inspired learning and
discovery. Terry stressed personal responsibility and not to fear failure so much that
you refuse to try new things. He was an ethical man of strong principles and integrity.
He felt that facing life’s challenges is a part of your life and you gain strength
Since 1949, Terry chose Alaska as his home for its beauty and opportunities, first
teaching in Fairbanks and later in Anchorage while commercial fishing and prospecting
during summers. He later sold homes with Marston Real Estate which lead into
homebuilding and land development.
Terry retired to Homer in 1988 and spent the years that followed enjoying the outdoors
he loved and being on the water. He traveled with his family to many exciting places in
the world and never liked being tied down to an itinerary but instead chose to “play it
by ear”, which always added exciting memories and experiences to trips.
Terry was a past president of Homer Men’s Igloo No.32 of the Pioneers of Alaska. He
served on the Board of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust as he believed in the importance
of preserving special lands for future generations. Terry enjoyed playing Bridge at the
Homer Senior Center and treasured the friends he met there.
Terry was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth. Terry is survived by his wife of
47 years, Eleanor; son, Larsen; daughter and son-in-law, Nadya and Mel Strydom, twin
grandsons, Willem and Wynand all of Homer; brother-in-law, Dr. Lawrence Smith and his
wife Barbara and their four children, spouses, and families.
Terry felt blessed to have his family here in Homer and being able to watch his
Terry appreciated the lasting legacy museums provide and their importance to the
community. Those wishing to make a contribution in his memory, please send them to The
Patrons of the Pratt Society (POPS) P.O. Box 2305 Homer, Alaska 99603.
Arrangements made by The Homer Funeral Home.
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