Virgil L. Klinkhammer passed away Jan. 5, 2011 in Bellingham, Wash. He was 79 years old.
Klinkhammer was born Feb. 28, 1931 in Hopkins, Minn. to Winnifred and Walter Klinkhammer. In June 1945, the family moved to Juneau.
Klinkhammer cleaned airplanes at the Juneau airport after school and on weekends. He went over the “Trail of 98” with a Sea Scout Troop from Lake Bennett to Skagway that summer. In 1947, his father opened Mount Juneau Sales and Service on 12th Street in Juneau and Klinkhammer worked with his father after school and on weekends.
After graduation he worked full time at Mount Juneau Sales and Service. Klinkhammer graduated from Juneau High School. He married Barbara Waters on Aug. 28, 1953. An Urban Renewal project closed the business Dec. 31, 1969. In January 1970, Klinkhammer went to work in Prudhoe Bay for Mukluk Freight Lines which later became part of Crowley Maritime. He retired March 1, 1985 from the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302. The family moved to Bellingham in 1980.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara, daughter Roxanne Pierce, son Eric Klinkhammer, son Kristopher (Tina) Klinkhammer and grandchildren Shaune Pierce, Travis Pierce, Jase Klinkhammer and Kaden Klinkhammer. No services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of Kris and Tina Klinkhammer, 5577 Northwest Drive, Bellingham. Friends are invited to attend.
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