Donald Henry Klingman, beloved son, loving Father, caring Brother, and attentive GrandFather
was born July 17th, 1953- July 26, 2020 in Milwaukee WI to Alice Jean Polar May and Henry Adam Klingman.
Donald was a graduate from Watersmeet Township High School in 1971. He continued his education and his love of basketball at Soumi Community College. He went on to play the sport of baseball, in the Minor Leagues as a well renowned pitcher, which he’s still known for. He lived it, played it, watched it and passed his ability and knowledge on to his children and grandchildren. Following his sports career, he acquired many skills; such as, auto mechanics, welder, road construction, carpentry and heavy equipment. After several years of hard earned work he retired as the LVD Heavy Equipment Supervisor.
He was actively involved within the community by teaching his traditional beliefs, as an avid Hunter, Fisherman, and Rice Harvester. Being the proud man that he was, he served on the Voight Task Commission, and was a GLIFWC member, advocating for hunting and fishing rights. It brought much joy and fulfillment to his life.
Although, with all that he has done, his best accomplishment was being the “Best PAPA” to his grandchildren and many other children that were actively in his life. He will be forever loved, but never forgotten.
Donald is survived by his 7 children and his grandchildren: Shasta Klingman- Asher Garrison, Vera Klingman- Aysia Klingman, Mark Seymour, Samuel Klingman (Tracy Vanzile)- Alyson Klingman, Kurt Klingman (Daisy McGeshick)-Ethan, Katrina, Tyson, Cruz, Donna Klingman- Avery, Destiny, Wynter, Dayveon, Thomas Olds- Donavon Olds, Jeremiah Antone- Tyrell, Bryanna, and Jerrett. Brothers: Henry Klingman, Howard Klingman, William Winkka. Sister Cheryl McGeshick. Many Nieces and Nephews.
Proceded in death by Mother Alice Jean Poler May, Grandfather Hank Poler Sr. Great Grandmother Minnie Stier, Grandmother Lillian Anwash. Aunt Mabel “Poncho” Williams. Uncle Richard “Dick” Williams. Beloved Nephew Zachary McGeshick.
Place and Time of Service:
Lac Vieux Desert Recreation Center-Wake 3pm-4pm Immediate family 4pm-6pm Family and Friends. Drumming and feast to follow
Funeral- 10am at the Lac Vieux Desert Recreation Center.
Cremation to follow.
Cane Funeral Home-Bruce Crossing Cane is assisting the family with arrangements.
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