Richard "Dick" Klingaman

Richard "Dick" Klingaman


July 23, 1937 - November 23, 2022


Richard “Dick” Klingaman, 85, of Mitchell, SD, died Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. A private family funeral service will be held at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Richard Allan Klingaman was born on July 23, 1937 to Florence Myra Klingaman (Chase) and Charles W. Klingaman at Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, South Dakota.  He was a large baby and grew to be a big man.

He grew up in Mitchell except for one year (1946) spent in Rapid City, SD.  He went to school but preferred to be outside having adventures.  He told tales of building a raft to cross Dry Run Creek down by the railroad, jumping off railroad bridges, coming home with bloody noses, climbing around construction sites, swimming across the lake with his buddies, or sneaking out after dark to pick and eat apples (all unbeknownst to his parents).

He was always protective of his younger sister, Kay.  One time they walked home in a very bad blizzard with Dick breaking trail for his 5-year-old sister all the way home.  As a teenager, he told her places she shouldn’t go and things she should not do.  He was a great big brother.

He went to Mitchell Senior High school and graduated in 1955.  He played multiple sports as a teenager including basketball, football, golf, and track and field.  He excelled at football and accepted a scholarship at the University of Nebraska.  As a 6' 5” college freshman, he was one of 19 freshmen out of over 100 to move up to the varsity team where he played as an offensive lineman.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  He remained a staunch Cornhusker fan to the end, rarely missing a game and sporting his Nebraska swag.

As a new graduate, he worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas before returning to his hometown of Mitchell.  Here he worked with his father, Charles Klingaman, for many years at North Central Seed company and went on to run the business with his son, Kleve.  He also spent many hours working on the family farm outside of Mitchell, tending cattle, pigs and crops.  It was in Mitchell at a party held at the family lake house that he met his future wife, Karyn Reitz.  He called her about a year later (yes, a year) and the rest is history.  He and Karyn were married on November 7, 1964.  Their children Susan and Kleve were born a few years later.

He loved nature, fishing, and hunting and could be found fishing year-round and hunting ducks, geese, pheasants, and deer every fall.  His love of hunting and fishing continued into his later years.  He enjoyed the sport as well as the social aspect and maintained many close friendships with his hunting and fishing friends.  He was active in conservation efforts at his farms whether it was planting crops for the wild birds, or planting tree belts, or restocking the pheasant populations.

He helped in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for many years as a scout leader.  He loved to camp and took his family on many a camping trip, often to the Missouri River or the Blacks Hills.  They camped across the country traveling to California and back visiting the National Parks on three different occasions.

He was involved in the Masons and the Shriners, raising money every year to support the children’s hospitals.  He worked many years at the Shrine Circus.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge.

He was a role model for his children, instilling the values of hard-work, perseverance, and honesty.  He was positive and uncomplaining with a motto of “It’s always a good day.”  He was kind, always generous, and had a good sense of humor, often cracking himself up with his own jokes.  He was a great supporter of his children’s activities attending many football and basketball games, wrestling matches, and band and choir concerts.  He encouraged them to continue with higher education.

He loved his wife, Karyn, and became her primary caregiver when she fell ill.  They were married for 44 years.  He also spent a lot of quality time with his grandchildren Chase, Andy, Alex, Ava, and Cyrus.  He took the older boys on trips to the Black Hills, fishing and hunting and assisted with childcare when they were small.  He taught Ava and Cyrus how to fish and how to play poker.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan Klingaman; son, Kleve Klingaman, daughter-in-law, Tonya Klingaman; grandchildren, Chase Klingaman (Katie), Andy Klingaman (Emma), Alex Klingaman (Sydney), Ava Estilaei, and Cyrus Estilaei; and sister, Kay Drew.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karyn, and his parents.


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Dave Carter on December 1, 2022
Cut what was left of Ducks hair for the past two decades. We had mutual friend in my town of PLATTE through his bakery sales. And his mutual friends in Mitchell. He reminded me of a kind, wise old bear sitting on a log when we visited. I have and will cherish his memory.
Posted by Dawn (Fitzler) Swalve on November 30, 2022
Dick was a great, kind man that meant so much to my family! He was so kind to call on my Mom after my Dad passed! Blessed be his memory!
Posted by Doug Papendick on November 29, 2022
He enjoyed being a Mason and was active in the Degree Work when I became one. He was a good man and lived the life of a true Mason.
Posted by Steve Sievers on November 27, 2022
Sorry for your loss worked shrine circus with Dick. For many years.
Posted by Terry and Julie Greene on November 27, 2022
We will miss Dick, he was such a kind soul. Prayers to the family
Posted by Tom and Roberta McEntee on November 27, 2022
Tom and I send our sympathies to the Klingaman families.
Posted by Tammi Guericke on November 27, 2022
So sorry for your loss, hugs
Posted by Laurie Wold Doherty on November 26, 2022
A wonderful neighbor and friend to our family. Our sincere condolences to Susan and Kleve and families.
Posted by Lonnie Glanzer on November 26, 2022
Dick was a good shrine friend!
Posted by Chuck Vandever on November 26, 2022
Sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I was one of Dick's Boy Scouts. Many good memories of Dick.
Posted by Jan Quezer on November 25, 2022
Dick was an amazing person!!
Posted by Mary and Richard Goudy on November 25, 2022
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Charolette Peterson on November 25, 2022
Sorry for your loss!
Posted by Jeff and Kathy Fouberg on November 25, 2022
So sorry for your loss! Prayers!
Posted by Marilyn Henson on November 25, 2022
So sorry for your loss, thinking of you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Posted by Karen VanOverschelde on November 25, 2022
Thoughts and prayers to Susan and Kleve and families. May God bless and keep you in the coming days.
Posted by Doris Tiede on November 24, 2022
So Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the Family.
Posted by Vickey Rockwell (Tiede) on November 24, 2022
I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the whole family
Posted by John Duplechein on November 24, 2022
Dear Susan,

I am sorry to learn of your father's passing. God bless you and your family.
Posted by Kim (Overbay) Satterlee on November 24, 2022
So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. So many great stories of the good ole days on Lake Mitchell with he and my Mom and Uncle (LeeAnn & Gene) sending Susan, Kleve and your families healing thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jerome Gau on November 24, 2022
Thoughts and prayers to all, glad I was able to see and visit with Dick last week. Many years of hunting and fishing memories. Rest in Peace
Posted by Jeff and Kathy Fouberg on November 23, 2022
Sorry for your loss! Prayers for all!
Posted by Ella loon on November 23, 2022
Dick I am so thankful that I called yu last week. And had such s good visit although I knew
You were not feeling well but not complaining.
Posted by Audra sparks on November 23, 2022
I am sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Dick. I will miss his many stories, and his laugh.
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