Donald A. Klingman, 73, of Eau Claire passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at his home.

Don was born April 23, 1943 in Menomonie, WI the son of Arthur and Lelia (Butler) Klingman. Don married Susan Retz on October 1, 1966. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He was an avid Packers fan and reader, especially books about Lincoln, the Civil War, and WWII. His biggest joy was baking with his granddaughters and walking his dogs.

Don is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Kari (Rich) Swedberg; granddaughters, Elsie and Alma Swedberg; foster daughter, Lisa (Polly) Jones Dake; brother, David (Carla) Klingman; brother-in-law, Franklin (Julie) Retz; sister-in-laws, Gloria (Rick) Lake, Kathryn (Ted) Seeger, and Carla (Dennis) Miller; co-grandparents, Dudley and June Swedberg; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Ginger.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lelia; sisters, Evelyn, Mildred, Jessie, Shirley, and Ardith; brothers, Jacob, John, and Richard; and dogs, Ginger, Pooh, Bailey, and Shiloh.

Memorials in Don’s name may be made to the Civil War Trust ( 1140 Professional Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Memorial services will be Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:00 am at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be Friday, May 27, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.


  1. Sue, so sorry to hear about Donnie. It was so nice that you always came to the cousin reunions so we could stay in touch. Sending sympathy to you and the family. Sincerely, don and Joyce Boese

  2. My sincere condolences to your family on your loss. What a wonderful man! Thoughts and prayers to your family. Stephanie (RN)

  3. Sue, We are so sorry for the loss of Don..accept our sincere condolences. Always look forward to his smiling face at the Klingman picnic. God bless and keep you through this difficult time and always,
    Love Rethie and Kathy

  4. So sorry at the loss of your friend Dud! As we get older these notices increase, but they still sting! ALL WET HERE IN OREGON! It never seems to stop raining! I HOPE-PLAN to be in St Johns, CarrAbean, by next winter.

  5. Kari– we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad!! Our thoughts are with you & Rich & the girls during this difficult time of grief. Deepest regrets to you Mom, of course. Very sad…. May he rest in peace.

  6. Kari and Family,

    I am so sorry about the loss of your father and grandfather. I hope you know that there are so many people at the Court Family thinking of you. Your father seemed like a great man. Take care of yourself.

    Kristine Wegner

  7. So sorry for the loss of a great man. Spent multiple nights talking with Don about many wonderful fishing memories. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
    Casey Johnson (RN)

  8. deeply saddend to hear of donald klingman’s passing. take comfort in the fact that he is no longer suffering. he will be deeply missed at trivia challenge.

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