Obituary: Devon R. ‘Chink’ Klingler

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Devon R. “Chink” Klingler, 90, of Rancho Cucamonga and Idyllwild, died in his sleep February 22, 2011 at the home of his daughter and full-time caregiver, Susan.

He was born Nov. 17, 1920, in Elkhart, Ind., to Lee and Flossie Klingler. Chink, the second of three boys, had an active childhood climbing trees, flying box kites, roller-skating and riding bikes. One of his favorite adventures was sneaking into the public pool after dark. He threw his bike over the fence so he could ride it underwater. Chink perfected his mechanical skills to disassemble, lubricate and reassemble his bike after every “submarine” ride.

The family moved many times — to Pennsylvania, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia – wherever the musical instrument repair business took them.

In 1942, Chink enlisted in the U.S. Navy, specifically requesting submarine school to earn 50 percent extra pay and daily ice cream rations. He was known for trading cigarettes for additional ice cream.

Mr. Klingler proudly served in WWII, mainly in the Pacific around Australia and the Philippines as a 3rd Class Electrician’s Mate. He earned a Victory Medal WWII, Philippine Liberation Medal and a Good Conduct Medal while deployed on the U.S.S. Narwhal and Pompon submarines and sub-tenders including the U.S.S. Anthedon and Pelius. He experienced depth charges several times and described it as “not being very much fun.”

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