He was born Aug. 18, 1930, in South Mound, Kan., the son of Odelia Joseph and Chrystie Mable Singleton Klenklen. Charles married Flora Fern Beeney on Oct. 10, 1953, in Erie, Kan. Flora preceded him in death on July 21, 1981. He married Mary Ann Sager Worthington in Springfield, Mo., on Sept. 28, 1991.
Charles owned and operated Klenklen's Garage in Uniontown, Kan., for many years. He later worked at several car dealerships in Bourbon County and eventually retired self-employed.
Charles attended Cherry Grove Baptist Church. He served our country in the United States Army in combat during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the Combat Infantrymen's Association, where he was once commander. Charles was also a member of the 279th Infantry Association and the 45th Infantry Division Association. His passion and commitment to the United States military was strong throughout his life.
Survivors include his wife Mary Ann of the home, two daughters, Carol Piornack and husband Nick, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Joyce Tassi and husband Dennis, Arma, Kan.
Also surviving are three step-children, Dwight Worthington and wife Marita, Pocatello, Idaho; Dewayne Worthington and wife Gina, Mulberry, Kan.; and Charlotte Shireman and husband Greg, Republic, Mo.
He had two grandchildren, Morgan Edwards Whaley, Chapel Hill and Steven Edwards, Portland, Ore.; and six step-grandsons, Jeff Tassi, Pittsburg, Kan., Scott Tassi, Arma, Andrew Shireman, Mulberry, Stephen Shireman, Republic and Tyler and Casey Worthington, Mulberry.
Charlie also has two great-grandsons, Charlie and Jackson Whaley; one step-granddaughter, Alexis Piornack, Little Rock, Ark.; and one step-great-grandson, Brayden Tassi.
Additionally, Charles is survived by daughter-in-law Cindy Vincent, Claremont, Fla.; and siblings, Georgia Shively, Raymore, Mo., Eva Mullen, Springfield, Mo., Rosemary Schmid and Jeanie Wise, Parsons, Kan., and Odie V. Klenklen, Erie, Kan.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife Flora, he was preceded in death by a son, Charles Rodney Klenklen, a sister, Regina Lero, and a brother, Robert (Bob) Klenklen, as well as his parents.
Rev. Dr. Dale Cummins will conduct graveside services for Charles Klenklen at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the U.S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott.
Memorials are suggested to either the Sharing Bucket, Combat Infantrymen's Association or the Disabled American Veterans and may be sent to the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan. 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.