Frank Klingle passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2003, of pneumonia and a severely broken heart. It was only four days ago that the love of his life, Louise, passed away. He was 89 years old.
Frank was born to Charles and Stella Klingle in Forsyth on Oct. 4, 1913. He attended the first years of school in Forsyth and continued with his education in the Howard area.
Frank entered construction at an age of 14 by fibbing about that fact to the job foreman. Construction was to be his lifelong occupation. Frank became an operating engineer, contractor and a labor leader in Butte.
After the death of Frank's first wife, Veva Harris Klingle, in 1963, Frank did the only logical thing. He got on the phone to his childhood acquaintance and explained to her that they should get together. He must have been a smooth talker because she agreed and they were married in November of that same year.
Frank and Louise shared a wonderful life together in Butte and later in the home they built together in Columbus. They loved to travel and visited many locations around the states in their air stream travel trailer. In later years, they settled in their home and made its lawns and gardens some of the prettiest in Columbus.
Frank was a 60-year member of the operating engineers union, a member of B.P.O.E. 394 in Billings, an active member of the Columbus Kiwanis Club and a benefactor to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch and the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center.
Frank is survived by a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law, Ralph and Natalie Nelson, of Lewistown; his special niece, Tracy Schott, of Billings; and many other caring nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be in conjunction with his wife, Louise, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at Smith's West Chapel, 304 34th St. W. Interment will be held privately in Forsyth. Viewing will start at 5 p.m. on Monday at Smith's Downtown Chapel.