Donald Klering (August 11, 1929 - February 24, 2024)

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Donald Klering
  • August 11, 1929
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  • February 24, 2024

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Donald Allen Klering 8/11/29-2/24/24

Donald Allen Klering, 94, of Port Orange, Fl, passed away after a short illness, on 2/24/24 at Port Orange Nursing and Rehab Center.
Donald was born to Conrad and Glenna Klering on 8/11/29 in Syracuse, New York. He was a
talented carpenter and plumber, who was always willing to use his expertise to help family and friends in their time of need. Donald retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital Maintenance Department after many years of faithful service in the Carpenter Shop. Donald was known for his unique abilities and innovative ideas to solve problems during the time of massive expansion that the hospital was undergoing. During his tenure there at St. Joe’s, as it was affectionately called, the hospital was fast becoming a leader in innovative Cardiac Surgery. Donald was often called upon to supervise some of these critical improvements in the Operating Rooms and the newly constructed Cardiac Care Unit for post-op care. Donald was very proud to be considered the “go to guy” when critically important repairs were needed to be done in an expedient fashion.
Donald is survived by his daughter Kathleen Osborne ( Daniel Osborne) ,Granddaughter Meghan Althafer ( Dustin Althafer) , Grandson Daniel S. Osborne and Great Grandchildren Amari and Xander Althafer. He is also survived by his brother, Glen Flower, his wife Janice and several nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his wife Mary, his parents(Glenna Flower and Conrad Klering), his sisters ( Dawn Grenier, Shirley Rockwell and Betty Wentworth),his brothers ( Edward and Jack Klering).
Donald held many titles in his life from skilled craftsman to youth programs volunteer sponsored by the Marcellus Optimist Club . The role he loved best was being a Dad and Grampa. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to whomever needed it. In his later years, he was known for riding his three wheeled bike while enjoying his daily cigar, to deliver a newspaper to his friend, Dawn, and spreading some cheer with a friendly wave and smile. After his retirement to Florida, Donald spent many hours on woodworking projects that he gifted to family and friends.
He was most proud of his uniquely designed plant markers for the student garden at Burn Sci
Tech Academy in Oak Hill, FL when his great granddaughter, Amari, started attending the school. Donald also spent several years assisting clients at the Low Vision Store inside the
Center For The Visually Impaired while working beside his daughter, Kathleen. The family is respecting Donald’s wishes to scatter his ashes in a private setting. Those who wish to remember and honor him , may do so by contributing to the Davis-Conklin Center For The Visually Impaired 405 White Street, Daytona Beach FL 32114 or their favorite charity.

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  1. MaryAnn Czerniak says:
    07 Mar 2024
    Dearest Don,
    I will always remember your strong mind, you sense of humor and your generosity. I feel privileged to have known you. May you rest in peace with your loving wife, Mary.

  2. Jimmy Belcher says:
    06 Mar 2024
    It was a blessing to get to know you Boss!! We will miss you and our memories will always be cherished!!! R.I.P my friend!!!

  3. Kathleen Osborne says:
    06 Mar 2024
    Dear Dad,
    You are gone but certainly not forgotten. You will be remembered for your kindness and generosity to all who had the pleasure of knowing you. You were a loving husband, Dad and Grandpa. May you rest in peace and be with your loving wife and family who went before you.

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