Dickie Lee Kleinkopf
October 24, 1939 ~ October 24, 2013
Dickie Lee Kleinkopf, 74, passed away October 24, 2013, at Hearthstone Cottage in East Wenatchee. Dick was born in Twin Falls, ID on October 24, 1939 to Harold and Cleo Kleinkopf. He was raised in Missouri, Idaho, and Alaska. As a young boy he lived near Sun Valley, ID and was fortunate enough to meet many celebrities who frequented his parent’s eating establishment and had many fond memories of Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and others.
Dick served in the Army in 1964 and was sent to Panama, where he worked as a medic. After his tour of duty, he worked alongside his father as a cook in many of the camps that serviced the White Alice Communication Systems. Dick moved to Anchorage, AK, where he met and married his wife, Cinda Evans, on March 16, 1968. Together, they owned and operated Fairbanks Optical until 1994. Dick was the second licensed optician in Alaska. He was active in Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre, HIPOW Catholic Education Charity and supported the Catholic schools of Fairbanks for many years. He was active in a youth/adult bowling association and participated in several bowling leagues. He loved golf, fishing, hunting and later enjoyed participating in a Wii bowling and golf league at Hearthstone Cottage. He and Cinda eventually retired in East Wenatchee, WA.
He is survived by twin sons, John Kleinkopf of Seattle and Mark Kleinkopf of Ephrata; daughter, Kara (Jason) MacDonald of Anchorage; and his sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Larry Aungst of Sedro Woolley; sister-in-law, Pamela Evans Chowning of East Wenatchee. He also leaves his beloved cousins, nieces and nephews; along with his twin granddaughters, Kinsey and Katie and grandson, Kolt MacDonald. He was preceded in death by his brother; parents and wife.
Dick had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to talk with people. He will be greatly missed, but we know he is at peace in Heaven with the love of his life, Cinda.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Hearthstone Cottage, 589 Highline Drive, East Wenatchee, WA. Flowers may be sent to the above address. Donations in Dick’s name can be made to CWH Hospice.