Frank E. Kleinke
Frank E. Kleinke
July 20, 1924 — April 20, 2011
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Frank Elliott Kleinke, 86, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., of natural causes.
He was born July 20, 1924 to Thomas and Esther Kleinke, in Chicago, Ill.
He was married for 64 years to Laura June Berger Kleinke, who passed away in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Walter Kleinke, of Girard, Kan.
Frank was a prominent, elected official in Plymouth, Ind., where he was known for his outgoing manner, sense of humor, and devotion to his family and community. He was a Christian, active in the Republican Party, a former member of the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, and a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge for more than 50 years.
He and Laura lived in Avon Park, Fla., for several years after retirement, where they loved to golf, and each celebrated a coveted hole-in-one.
Frank was a licensed land surveyor. He was originally elected surveyor of Marshall County in 1956, and was re-elected six more times to serve as surveyor for a total of 28 years. Prior to election, he served the county as Deputy Surveyor for five years. In 1984 he was elected to the Marshall County Council for two, four-year terms.
Frank was a veteran of the Second World War, where he spent 22 months in Europe as a paratrooper. He was twice wounded in action and received the Purple Heart with a cluster.
He was a graduate of Tyner High School and attended Indiana University and Pittsburgh Technical Institute.
Frank is survived by his children, Ken Kleinke and his wife, Cheryl, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Greg Kleinke and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Georgetown, Ind., Ann Sherrick of Chandler, Ariz., and Sue Meyne and her husband, Rob, of Las Vegas, Nev.
He had six grandchildren: Todd Kleinke and wife Lisa of Carmel, Krista Serdar, of Anthem, Ariz., Sandy Kleinke Jones and husband Ron, and Alex Kleinke of Georgetown, Ind.; and Robert Meyne and Laura Meyne, of Las Vegas, Nev.
He also had four great-grandchildren: Max Kleinke and Henry Kleinke, of Carmel; and Jason Serdar and Luke Serdar, of Anthem.
Services are scheduled for Monday, April 25, at 11 a.m., in Scottsdale, at the Messinger Mortuary (480-502-3378). Persons wanting to view the ceremony online can do so by visiting www.messingermortuary.com and clicking on the obituary section. The ceremony can be viewed live at 2 p.m. EST Monday, April 25, or a recording beginning April 27.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association at 6320 W. Cheyenne, Suite #150, Las Vegas, NV, 89108.
Burial will be alongside his wife, Laura, in the Veteran’s Cemetery in Scottsdale.