Karyn F. Klingaman


July 22, 1941 - November 12, 2008




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.



Sunday, November 16, 2008
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
411 North Duff
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, November 17, 2008
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Missy Will Rausch on November 19, 2008
I am so sorry for your lost. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
Posted by Deb McNary on November 17, 2008
Karyn was such a special person--always gracious and kind. She will be greatly missed by all! Thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.
Posted by Al and Marilyn Brenner (sister of Lonnie Burns) on November 16, 2008
To the family; our sincere and deep sympathy in the loss of your dear wife and Mother. May you cherish special memories of her graciousways, beautiful smile and friendiness. May the love of God grant you comfort and peace.
Posted by Ralph Wermers on November 15, 2008
Though I had only met Karyn a few times (like at the Elks Easter buffet), I know that she was a charming young lady. My most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family, Dick. I know how much you loved her. Ralph Wermers
Posted by Elaine and Warren Engelland, (Lonnie's sister) on November 15, 2008
Our sympathy to you, Dick, and your family; Karyn visited us once in Minneapolis and we had a great time. She was so lovely, and we commend you for caring with such love for so long.
Posted by Ron & Doris Bender on November 14, 2008
We send our heartfelt condolences to the Klingaman family upon the loss of your dear loved one. When we lived in Mitchell, Karyn was a special friend and after we moved to Minneapolis in 1970 we continued to stay in touch. Now Karyn is at peace and home free forever. May God surround you with His love and give you strength and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.
Posted by carol Lerdal on November 14, 2008
Karyn was a very good friend when I lived in Mitchell, she always had a smile for everyone. We loved going to aquasize and having coffee together. Her family was very special to her and she will certainly be missed. Our sympathy to you.
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