Karyn Klingaman was born on July 22, 1941 in Sioux Falls, SD to Robert and Bertha (Tiede) Reitz. She attended school in Sioux Falls, SD and graduated from Washington High School in 1959. She attended Nettleton Business College and earned a secretarial degree. She worked at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls until moving to Mitchell where she worked as a legal secretary for Morgan and Fuller Law Firm. She married Richard Klingaman on November 7, 1964 in Sioux Falls, SD and they spent the next forty-four years together. She was a homemaker until her children were grown and then went to work with her husband at North Central Seed Company until she retired.
She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Antique Club, Gardening Club, Shrine Auxiliary, First Lutheran Church Circle, the Red Hat Club and had been a board member for the Mitchell Area Concert Association.
She is survived by her husband; her son, Kleve and wife, Tonya, Mitchell, SD; her daughter, Susan Estilaei and husband, Reza, San Francisco, CA; five grandchildren: Chase, Andy and Alex Klingaman, Mitchell, SD and Cyrus and Ava Estilaei, San Francisco, CA; her sister, Barb Thompson and husband, Dale, Brookings, SD; her mother, Bertha Reitz, Sioux Falls, SD; her sister-in-law, Kay Drew and husband, Joe, El Cajon, CA; her aunt, Ida Carpenter, Mitchell, SD and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and many other loved family members.
A Memorial Fund has been set up in her name at First Lutheran Church.