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Charles M. - 84

11/26/1935 - 11/11/2020

Clinton, Iowa

Charles M. “Chuck” Klinkner, age 84 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Mercy One Hospital.  In following Chuck’s wishes cremation rites will be accorded.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday, November 17th at the funeral home and from 9:00 AM until the service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors. 


     Chuck was born in Clinton on November 26, 1935, the son of George and Helen (Keogh) Klinkner.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1953.  Chuck served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.  He married Frances Atkinson on January 28, 1961 at St. Mary’s Church in Clinton.  Fran passed away on September 2, 1993.  He sold insurance for Prudential, worked for the Chicago North Western Railroad and owned and operated the Smoke Shoppe on 5th Ave. So. for many years.  He later worked at Woody’s Rendezvous and Farm and Fleet.  He was a member of Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Parish and the Amvets. Chuck loved music and as a musician in his early years he played the steel guitar and the bass in bands.  He enjoyed doing magic tricks and solving crossword puzzles. He faithfully watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune , but what he will be most be remembered for is his caring personality, his witty sense of humor and the most remarkable ability to recall facts, stories and tell jokes. 


     Chuck is survived by his daughter, Kara (Gaye) Marr of Clinton; a grandson, Evan Marr of Cedar Rapids; sisters-in-law, Jan Klinkner of Clinton, Pat (Frank) Greve and Jackie Atkinson of Camanche, Nan (Marv) Feist of Oskaloosa, Mardella Dorrel of Chula Vista, CA, Mary (Onie) Butt and Barb Dodd of Clinton, Bonne (Gary) Tebbe, Carol Atkinson, Jane Atkinson and Marie Rossmann all of Preston, IA, Linda Atkinson of Lost Nation; brothers-in-law, Dan Atkinson of Moline, Steve (Deb) Atkinson of Davenport, Tony Schultz of Camanche and Steve Brown of Myrtle Beach and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Fran; 2 sisters, Kate Kjergaard and Ty Martell and 2 brothers, Tom and infant George William. Memorials may be made to the Clinton Humane Society or AMVETS Post #28.  Online condolences may be left at



4:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home and from 9:00 AM until the service time Thursday, also at the funeral home.

10:00 AM Thursday, November 18th at the Pape Funeral Home.


  • Jeff Gaulrapp

    2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Kara and family, I'm sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. The relationship you shared with him was very special. I could see in his eyes how much he adored and loved you every time you posted a photo.

    He will be missed, but the memories you have of him will remain with you forever. He is now with Fran, and the family members who made the journey before him. Godspeed, Chuck.

    We send our love!

  • robert saiter

    2 weeks, 3 days ago

    i will miss chuck great guy 

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