Peter James Klingler
Peter James Klingler
  • May 17, 1938 - March 27, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Peter James Klingler was born May 17, 1938, in Chicago Heights, IL and died March 27, 2017 in Tampa, FL. He graduated from Bloom Township High School where he was an all-conference football player. He then went to DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, where he graduated with a double major in Economics and Geography. At DePauw, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, an honorary member of Delta Tau Delta, and an esteemed member of the Black Friars honor society. While in school, he spent his summers working as a caddy and later at various steel mills, auto plants and chemical plants in the Chicago Heights area.

Upon graduation, he joined the US Navy where he served in Pensacola, FL, Washington, DC, and Pearl Harbor at Pacific Fleet headquarters as an Intelligence Briefing Officer, which took him all over Southeast Asia, India, Africa, and Australia. Following active duty, he retired as a Commander in the Navy Reserve and started his business career in investment banking.

Five years later, he switched to the insurance business, joining Manulife of Canada for 13 years, first in Miami and then in Tampa. In 1983, he entered into the niche insurance business of structured settlements—first with TSSC as a partner, then Settlement Planning Associates as an owner—until selling the business to Mesirow Financial, now Alliant/Mesirow. He was active with Mesirow until the time of his death.

Pete met his wife Carole at a St. Patrick’s Day Party in 1968 in Chicago. They were married in August 1969 at Olympia Fields Country Club, on a golf course Pete used to caddy and play, and where he remained a member until shortly before his death.

Pete is survived by his beautiful wife Carole, his three beloved children, Connie, John (Michelle) and Ashley Sayers (Jay); and two adorable grandsons, Petey and James. Pete most loved when the family was together, and Friday night dinners, birthday parties, and holiday celebrations were paramount, especially when the evenings ended with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Pete was a traveler, reader, art collector, avid golfer, and sports fan of the Bucs, Bears, Seminoles, Lightning, Blackhawks, Rays and Cubs. He was blessed with having many friends that he made and kept over many years—from high school, college, the Navy, work and golf. Especially of note are Bob Austin, John Janes, Dick Bobb, Faris Chesley, Fred Liedtke, Mike Hicks, John Null, Steve Barney, Bud Meisinger, the late Terry Hicks, Johnnie Hicks, the late Bill Forney, Judge John Stelle, Tim Crow, Rich Ryan, the late Paul Dent, Guy Cox, Mike Stephens, Park Newton, Danny Thornbrugh and Royald Zell.

A memorial mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Tampa at 2pm on Friday, April 7, 2017. A reception will immediately follow at Tampa Yacht Club, located at 5320 Interbay Blvd, Tampa. A private burial will be held at the Klingler Family Cemetery in Manhattan, IL. Contributions in lieu of flowers should be made to Sacred Heart Church.