Richard William “Rick” Klinge
September 6, 1951 ~ March 2, 2014
Richard William “Rick” Klinge, age 62, died on March 2, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA. He was born to Richard and Cecile Klinge on September 6, 1951, in Seattle, WA. Rick grew up in Seattle, attending Shorecrest High School and the University of Washington, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Fisheries in 1974. In 1973, he married his first wife, Susan Gill. He moved to Forks, WA in 1975, to work as a Fisheries Biologist to reduce logging impacts on salmon streams for the Hoh, Quinault and Makah tribes until 1990. While in Forks, both of his sons, Derek and David, were born, In 1982, he took a side track in profession and attended the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO, where he received a Masters in Biblical Literature in 1984. He was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 1986, and pastored for three years at Clallam Bay Assembly of God in Sekiu, WA. In 1990, he took a position at Douglas County PUD as a Fisheries Biologist, where he worked until May 2009. While there, he oversaw fish passage at Wells Dam and provided guidance to the District on fisheries issues of the Columbia River. He was proud to help establish a salmon protection program for Okanogan sockeye in British Columbia with the Canadian fisheries parties. In 2004, he married Rosaline Dahlin. Rick always said that Rose taught him a lot about life and family. Rosaline and Rick compressed a lot of living in their short time together. In 2008, Rick began to experience troubles with his heart. He was diagnosed with a bone marrow disorder, AL Amyloidosis in February 2009, that eventually took his life. The joy of Rick’s life was his grandkids. Rick also enjoyed art, classical music and the outdoors. He completed 12 marathons and climbed several of Washington’s volcanic mountains.
Rick is survived by his wife, Rosaline; two sons, Derek (Dawn) of Kirkland, WA, and David of Seattle, WA; step-son, Nicholas Dahlin of Albuquerque, MN; and two step-daughters, Andrea (Michael) Jones of Puyallup, WA, and Lanette (Marshall) Sanders of Puyallup, WA; nine grandchildren; a brother, Joseph of Las Vegas, NV; and a sister, Helen (Dave) Mandley of Seattle, WA.
“Written by Rick.”
A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel, 1621 Maiden Lane, Wenatchee, at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, with Private Family Interment to be held at Wenatchee City Cemetery. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.