Charles Klingel

January 1, 1935 ~ June 15, 2021 (age 86)


Charles Klingel, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 15th , 2021. He was born on January 1, 1935 in Madison Township, Jay County , to Herman and Mildred Klingel. He was a graduate of Madison High School in 1953 and a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

Charlie loved questions, asking them, finding answers to them...pondering everything! How can I fix that? What's the best route to our destination? How did you accomplish this? What's the name of that ornamental tree? Is that a supporting wall? I wonder if this seed would grow here if I planted it? How can I improve this? He was a doer, and never understood the concept of boredom. The world is a better place because of people like him.

As a young man, Charlie could be found at the Fort Recovery Roller Rink skate dancing, backwards, without missing a beat or falling! For several years he sang baritone in the Union City Barbershop Quartet.

In 1953 Charlie joined the Battle Group, Guard Unit at Portland. In 1957 he acquired the rank of S.F.C., then in '58 he received his Expert Infantry Badge at summer camp. He graduated from Indiana Military Academy, The Sabor Class,Six Sixty One Indiana Army National Guard.

Charlie worked with his father and brother on the same land his paternal grandfather settled after immigrating from Germany in 1881. Known as Jay-Ayr farms because of the registered Ayreshire cattle, they also had poultry and farmed.

Charlie earned his private pilot's license in the late fifties and encouraged his date to "Come Fly with Me", hesitant at first, she finally agreed. He loved to dance, and this woman enjoyed dancing, too. They liked dreaming and planning, talking and sharing many things. He decided to ask Glenna Applegate to marry him and they wed in 1968. Together, they raised two daughters and celebrated 51 years of marriage in 2019. Charlie loved being with his family and attending any and all school and sporting events of his grandson.

Charlie became Muncie District Manager for The Independent Order of Foresters life insurance Company. He was inspired by the people in his office and their success, together. It afforded him the opportunity to travel with his wife in the US and Canada and he stayed with Foresters until retirement.

Ever constant in Charlie's life was the love of the automobile . Because he needed more to do, he began buying and working on cars in the 70's. He built a model classic in his garage and drove it in a lot of car show s and parades, usually walking away with best in class. He loved the early model T-Birds and Mercedes. He and his wife shared a passion for remodeling homes and landscaping, including one they bought in the 70's on Anna Maria Island, where memories with family and friends were cherished.

Surviving are daughters, Angela Faith and Julia Applegate; a grandson, Tait,. a great grandson is soon to be born. Sister, Susan Klingel-Dowd (Michael) of M uncie, IN; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Mildred Klingel of Salamonia; his wife, Glenna Klingel, and brother, Donald Klingel of Rushville, IN

Visitation will be from 11 AM to 1 PM on Tuesday, June 22nd at Eden Church , 11205 SR-3, Muncie , IN 47303, with the funeral following at 1 PM. Pastor Kevin Holt will officiate. Burial will follow.

On behalf of Charlie, his family would like to thank Elmcroft of Muncie for their caring staff. Memorials may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, 6621 Old State Rd 3, Muncie, IN 47303.

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June 22, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Eden Church

Funeral Service
June 22, 2021

1:00 PM
Eden Church

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