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Eugene Ronald Klinger
Gene Klinger passed away peacefully on August 28, 2017 at the age of 84.

Gene was born July 21, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, to Ida and Isaac Klinger. Gene was raised in New York and followed his passion for music, graduating from The Julliard School with a bachelor's degree in music. Gene's specialty was playing the saxophone, but he also mastered the clarinet, the flute and the piccolo.

Gene's passion for music created a colorful career in performance, including living and playing music on a cruise ship. It was on the cruise ship where Gene met his true love, travelling companion, and life partner, Carol. Gene and Carol spent 30 loving years together travelling the globe, and sharing their lives.

Gene was a loving and dedicated grandfather to numerous grandchildren, all of whom he loved and adored. Gene, or "Papa" as the children called him, would drop everything to pick up his grandchildren, run them hither and yon on wild goose chases to find elusive items to support creative ideas or just for an ice cream. "Papa" supported every musical dream the children had, and was an amazing procurer of child-sized instruments, including a guitar, a violin, a viola, a trumpet, a cello, and a flute.

Loved ones that will miss Gene are his wife, Carol, his sister Madeleine, her husband William, his sons Lenny and Hal, his daughter Jeanie, his step-daughter, Kelli and her husband Eric, his grandchildren, Eric, Sam, Jonn, Alaric, Kiran, Milly, and great-grandson, Felix, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held on September 5, 2017 at 1:30pm staging area B, at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 4400 E Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO.


Arrangements under the direction of Crist Mortuary, Boulder, CO.