OBITUARY

Thomas Leland Klingensmith

December 1, 1927November 3, 2018
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Thomas Leland Klingensmith, 90, of North Fort Myers, FL left this world to be with the Lord on Saturday evening, November 3rd, 2018 at home with his family. He was born on December 1st, 1927 in New Castle, PA and was the son of the late Albert H. & Myrtle I. (Remley) Klingensmith. Thomas and Shirley moved the family to Lee County, FL in 1960 and have since been residents. He was all about family and his Christian faith. Thomas served the Lord at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher for many years. He led a Christian singing group called the Scriptones. He also served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Tropic Isles Baptist Church. He was also leader in the Boy Scouts of America. Thomas served his country in the United States Navy as a Seaman. He was a member of the American Legions. He was a Letter Carrier with the United States Postal Service for over 40 years both here and in New Castle, PA. Thomas is survived by his wife Shirley Ann (Patterson) Klingensmith of 70 years. His sons, Alan Lee Klingensmith (Janice), Kit Albert Klingensmith (Jodie), Jeffrey Lynd Klingensmith (Christal), Dan Wayne Klingensmith (Debby) and Thomas Scott Klingensmith (Carrie). His only daughter Kathy Jo Small (Perry). His grandchildren Tracy Nicole Cameron (Jeremy), Amelia Lynd Perry (Justin), Tyler Wayne Small (Aubrey), Chase Cody Klingensmith, Colton Lee Klingensmith, Charlene Lauren Manchester (Frank), Stephanie Beryl Yeargin (Wes), Cortney Michele Rice (Jake), Cory Leland Klingensmith, Jeffrey Tucker Klingensmith, Thomas Leland Klingensmith II, Jacob Alexander Klingensmith, Jordan Leigh Klingensmith, Jenna Rae Klingensmith, Spencer James Klingensmith, Chad Alan Klingensmith and Ryan Thomas Klingensmith. His great grandchildren Noah Thomas Perry, Cora Grace Perry, Lillian Alice Cameron, Lana Faith Cameron, Emma Rose Cameron and Lucas Scott Cameron. And his brother Richard Klingensmith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his infant son and his brother John Allan “Jack” Klingensmith. Funeral Services for Thomas will be held Saturday, November 10th at 1:00PM at Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1630 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Prior to the service, the family will receive visitors between 11:00AM and 1:00PM. Following the service there will be a celebration of life at the home of Kit & Jodie Klingensmith. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675-8517 www.woundedwarriorproject.org or donors may also call (877) 832-6997

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Thomas Leland Klingensmith

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Lisa Bertels

November 10, 2018

Mr Klingensmith was a wonderful neighbor and a very good man. On the day we moved in, Mr Klingensmith brought over a pizza which was very kind. Not many do that sort of thing anymore. He always kept an eye on our house when we were gone for the summer and always welcomed us back. I enjoyed visiting with him during his walks with Snoopy and he always asked about Dave and the girls. I will never forget how kind he was when he found out my mother had passed. When he took a spill and inured his foot a couple years ago, he remained cheerful and cracked jokes as we assisted him back to the house. He lived a good life and it was easy to see the joy and love he had for his family.

Charlene Manchester

November 9, 2018

As heartbreaking as it is to say goodbye to such an incredible man, my heart swells that much more knowing that he is in a much better place, and that his love touched and continues to reach so many. I am blessed to have so many fond memories with grandpa. Picking up coins while walking to and from school, riding bicycles around the neighborhood, eating tomatoes with a little bit of sugar, listening to his stories about the ‘good ole days’ - no matter how small the memory, all add up to the measure of the man I will always remember and cherish in my heart. Most importantly, he never wavered from the godly example he always taught about. And that same love and selfless example is now in each and every person he touched.

Tim Keith

November 5, 2018

Tom was a Godly man whose faith was evident in the way he lived his life. He treated me as another son and I enjoyed being a part of the family, especially the spaghetti dinners. When ever I had a question about something I'd read in the bible, I would ask him. He modeled true biblical contentment. He was a faithful servant and will now reap the blessings. He was a big man with a big heart.

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