Ralph Durwood Klingerman, 78, of Cannon Beach, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, in Cannon Beach.

He was born July 21, 1930, in Tyner, Ind., to Jacob and Alta May (Smith) Klingerman. He was raised in Indiana.

During the Korean conflict, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at Tongue Point.

In 1953, he married Norma Gail Wright. She survives, residing in Cannon Beach.

Mr. Klingerman worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation for more than 30 years, first as a bridgeman and then as a bridge tender. When he first retired, the couple ran and maintained Wrights for Camping campground in Cannon Beach. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, he retired again.

He was a member of Warrenton First Baptist Church for many years and later attended North Coast Family Fellowship. He was an avid chess player throughout his life and belonged to a chess club in Astoria for many years. He also attended Friday pinochle at the Senior Center in Seaside.

Family members said his hobbies included fishing off the jetty in his younger years. He was a carpenter, and spent time remodeling and improving his homes. He enjoyed spending evenings with his grandsons playing pinochle.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Gladys Klingerman of Kenosha, Wis.; a daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Michael Stahly of Jewell; a brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Norma Klingerman of Plymouth, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Beyers of Aurora; and seven grandchildren, Michael Magnuson of Cannon Beach, Bryan Magnuson of Salem, David Nicholson Klingerman Jr. and Nicole Nicholson Klingerman of Kenosha and Joshua, Benjamin and Rachel Stahly of Jewell.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Ann Magnuson, in 1997.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Coast Family Fellowship, 2245 N. Wahanna Road in Seaside.

Private internment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Billy Graham Association, in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 220 N. Holladay Drive, Seaside, OR 97138.


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