Robert Wellington Klinger

January 15, 1937June 14, 2020

Robert (Bob) W. Klinger, age 83, of North Canton, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 in his home.

He was born January 15, 1937 in Chicago, IL to the late Peter and Bernice (Cober) Klinger. Bob was a graduate of North Canton High School, Class of 1954, and subsequently graduated from Mount Union College in 1959. He retired from Ekco Housewares in 2000 after 38 years of service. Bob was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Canton, and was an active member of Rock Steady Boxing in Canton, where he developed cherished friendships with the coaches and fellow members who provided invaluable support in their shared mission to improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s Disease. Bob will be remembered as a gentleman who lived his life with great care and empathy for others. He was a passionate boater and could often be found spending his days of retirement working at Gummere Marine.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Klinger; daughter and son-in-law, Karen Klinger and Michael Epstein of San Diego, CA; son and daughter-in-law, Matt Klinger and Elizabeth Johnston; and granddaughter, Ava Klinger, all of Chicago, IL.

Given the current pandemic, there will be no services or visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research . Arrangements are under the direction of Karlo-Libby Funeral Home.


Robert Wellington Klinger

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mick morgan

July 1, 2020

I knew Bob for the last twenty years or more. He became a neighbor, one of my closest friends and then family.
I went boating with him, rode with him on the red scooter and we discussed investments over pancakes at Cracker Barrel.
He was always ready to help - whether a household project of mine or volunteering at a hospital.
The last few years were bad, but he had Rock Steady to help.
I'm gonna miss you Bobby.

Regina Vehonsky

June 24, 2020

I first met Bob over 20 yrs ago at our mailboxes. From that day on I was always the “crazy blonde” to him! He was always there for me whether it was to be a listener or a fixer of things when I needed help!
He was so easy to be around . He took pride in having his cars in tip top shape! I’ll never forget the day he got me a red adjustable stool so I could clean my wheels easier on my car!
He definitely loved his sweets! I could never understand how he never gained weight!!
I have many countless happy memories with him!
He is more than missed and I know he is making everyone smile when he is thought of!
He looked forward to going to Timken Mercy every Wed for many yrs to fix the wheel chairs . Mick and I got him a lab coat that said Wheelchair Ology with his name on it as a joke, but he did wear it to the hospital!
There will be only 1 Bob Klinger!
Be happy my friend forever! Love, Regina

Rollin Waggoner

June 23, 2020

I met Bob and Diane at Rock Steady Boxing, Canton. What a man he was! As I read these messages of comfort I could see Bob in every letter.
There are people who make a difference in our lives because of their character, their example, their genuine love for others. I will meet him in Heaven one day! No Parkinson’s there! No sickness there! No more pain and no more sorrows!

Barbara Cober

June 23, 2020

My husband, Don, and Bob were double first cousins. Bob was like a brother-in-law to me. Those two men were so close. Watching them work on old farm equipment together at the farm on Maryland's eastern shore was an exercise in patience. Every move was discussed and debated. Bob loved bringing his boat to MD and cruising around the Choptank River and Harris Creek. He was an avid water skier. The cleanup after boating was done to his standards- Mr. Clean himself would inspect. I remember Bob as soft spoken, dry sense of humor, and always a gentleman. My deepest sympathy to Diane and the family.

Larry Mancini

June 19, 2020

I knew Bob from his days at the Hoover Company. Shared several days boating and water skiing with him at Berlin Lake. He was a swell fellow and a good friend. May God comfort you in this time of your loss. With sympathy!

Bill & Muriel Gonser

June 17, 2020

When I worked at Ekco with Bob & we used to race to a certain point on our way home (I lived in Canton & Bob in No. Ctn.). He drove a hi-powered Pontiac & I had a Ford 500-XL & I was always faster & that drove Bob crazy. When I took my car to the repair shop that he used, the mechanic told Bob to quit trying to beat me because he cd. never beat the 500-HP that I had under the hood. That was the end of our racing. My friend Linda worked in the same dept. with Bob and I & we were very instrumental in connecting Bob & Diane. And it was a good connection. Bob was a very special person, always so kind & good natured. May his Memory be Eternal. Our deepest & heartfelt sympathies to you & your family.

Denise King

June 17, 2020

Bob and my sister Diane were married when I was about 8 years old, the two were always referred to as Diane & Bob, never just separately.(they just went together like salt and pepper do.)

One of the truly nice guys! Could be so funny in his quiet way! He never let a visit go by without asking if he could fix anything for me, check my tires or oil and I know it always drove him crazy that my car would be dirty, you could tell he would always want to wash it. Even when dealing with Parkinson’s he never failed in offering to fix things and open doors for the women in his life.

Miss you already tuff guy!