Alton B. Klinger, 68, of Sherman, New York, passed away with his family by his side on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born March 15, 1951, in Corry, Pennsylvania, the son of Richard B. and Laura Hope (Chamberlain) Klinger.
Alton attended Chautauqua Central School in Chautauqua, New York. On Nov. 4, 1969, he joined the U.S. Army and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
Alton is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his five children: Rhonda Dailey and husband, Ronald of Dewittville, New York; Vonnie Smith of Outer Banks, North Carolina; Shalyn Klinger of Jamestown, New York; Justin Eck and wife, Crystal, of Sherman; and Richard Klinger of Syracuse, New York. He has 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by seven siblings: Keith, Mark and Douglas of Sherman; Paul and wife, Cathy, of Ripley, New York; Diana Ferguson of Stow, New York; Pam Vettenburg and partner, Becky Engel of Smyrna, Tennessee; and Tina Phelps and partner, Mike McKoon, of Jamestown; along with many nieces and nephews.
Alton was loved by all. His favorite pastime was hanging out at his cabin in the woods. He enjoyed country music and loved his family.
The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff on the 12th floor ICU at AGH for their wonderful care and support.
A visitation, memorial service, and luncheon were held Feb. 22, 2020.