ASHTABULA — Guy Melvin Klingler, age 85, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Ashtabula County Medical Center.
The son of Harold R. and Alice M. (Church) Klingler, he was born on Feb. 24, 1929, in Geneva. Guy was a 1947 graduate of Geneva High School where he was active in sports. A member of the varsity football team, he played against Don Shula and remarked about Shula’s great speed and how hard he was to tackle.
In 1951, Guy joined the United States Army and served until 1953 and was stationed in Korea. He was proud to have served his country and was a proud patriot. He was a life-time member of VFW Post #943 of Ashtabula.
Guy was a dedicated employee of General Tire and Rubber; he retired after 31 years of service. Not one to be idle, he worked for CEI as an electrician for 7 and a half years before retiring for the second time.
Guy married Bonita Johnson in 1953, and together they celebrated thirty four years of love and memories before her death in 1987. He met Ethel Hall and they were married in 1993; they celebrated sixteen years of love and memories before her death in 2009. Guy often remarked that he was so fortunate. That he had been married to the two most wonderful women in the world.
He enjoyed BINGO, bowling, and paint by number projects. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed sharing his stories with his friends and family. Guy was a supportive and loving dad, he encouraged his children and grandchildren to work hard, play hard, laugh often and love each other.
He is survived by his sons, Thomas (Mary) Klingler of Geneva, Don (Sandy) Klingler of Ashtabula, Dennis (Sharie) Klingler of Wheeling, W.Va. and Kevin (Yvonne) Klingler of Ashtabula; three wonderful grandchildren, Ranae, D.J. and Steven; and three precious great-granddaughters , Emily, Abigale, and Olivia.