Dr. Erich Klinghammer
Date of Death: October 6, 2011
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? Dr. Erich Klinghammer, 81, of Battle Ground, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital. He was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Kassel, Germany, and was the son of the late Louis and Marie Oetzel Klinghammer. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. He graduated high…

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Philip Hargarten left a message on October 9, 2011:
I worked for Dr. Klinghammer when I was in high school caring of his birds and other animals when he was into ornithology at the University of Chicago in the 1960&s. He was a great guy, made me think, and gave me guidance and scientific experience for my eventual career.

My condolences to Kirsten and the family.

Sincerely,

Phil Hargarten
Mr & Mrs Maurice Pendleton left a message on October 9, 2011:
TO ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF ERICH:

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW.

I MET HIM AT LIBERTY DIALYSIS WHILE HE AND MY HUSBAND
WERE DOING TREATMENTS.

HE WAS ONE GREAT MAN AND WILL TRULY BE MISSED.

HE IS LEAVING BEHIND A GREAT LEGACY IN WOLF PARK AND I
AM SURE THAT YOU ALL WILL KEEP IT TOO HIS EXPECTATIONS.

I WILL MISS HIS HAND SHAKE AND GREETINGS EVERY MONDAY,
WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY, BUT AS THEY SAY LIFE GOES ON.

HE IS AT REST NOW, NO MORE PAIN AND SORROW.

I HOPE TOO SEE YOU ALL AT THE PARK SOON.


SANDY AND MAURIE
Martin J Huth left a message on October 8, 2011:
Our heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to all your family including the Wolf Park family, past and present. Such an inspiration to many was Dr. Klinghammer. His work shall be carried on by the many thousands of individuals he has so warmly touched. All that knew him feel a sense of loss, as I do, yet we are also reminded that if I had not known Erich, then that would have been a greater loss. I shall always respect and never forget you Erich. You always welcomed me and made me feel comfortable and made me laugh. You have been my inspiration.

-Marty Huth
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Gene Clingenpeel left a message on October 8, 2011:
I did not know Dr. Klinghammer very well . Just knew about his great work and love for and with the animals at Wolf Park. His work has created a great legacy and his devotion to learning about the animals will live on with his followers and fellow devotees.
Marilynn Hession left a message on October 8, 2011:
Wow. Words can&t say how much Dr. Klinghammer will be missed. I hear some sad howling in my mind. I first met Dr. Klinghammer back in 1972 at the YWCA when he showed a film about wolves that totally blew away the ""big bad wolf"" myth. He told of having 2 wolves at the time and plans to increase the pack. Later we learned of Wolf Park and he managed to bring 2 bison from Columbian Park to show how wolves and bison interact. I was hooked on that place, and loved hearing him share his knowledge of those wonderful, intelligent animals.

I have a very fond and special memory of Dr. Klinghammer. I was out there once with my older daughter, then about 6 years old. She has Rett Syndrome and very low cognitive function. He asked if anyone would need a ride down to the pasture where the bison were. This was my first time out there after the 2 bison had become a herd, and I didn&t want to miss it. I had a stroller for Jessica, but my previous experience with large gravel was bad so I said we sure could use a ride. He had us get in the passenger seat of a VW microbus, with the back seats out and in their place 2 bushels of apples. Jessica, seated on my lap, fell asleep and he and I chatted on the way down the hill to the pasture. I was describing Rett Syndrome to him and saying that she may not have been as badly impaired as some because of our vegetarian diet and he was all ears. He shared that he had a condition that was being controlled by the macrobiotic diet. I mentioned that I&d love to work in a vegetarian restaurant if any one opened one in the area, and I guess he took that to mean I might open one myself! I saw him at the old Goodness Grocery and another store later and he&d jokingly ask if I&d opened that vegetarian restaurant yet!

He was so knowledgeable about those beautiful wolves, and I&ve learned all I know about them from him. But he was also a kind and gentle person himself; the last time I saw him, looking much more frail than before, he was still concerned about who he was talking to. I only saw him a few times, and spoke to him maybe 3 times, but I will always consider him a very dear friend.
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Kay Harless Stephens left a message on October 8, 2011:
Kirsten,
I am so sorry about the loss of your father. He was a good man and I enjoyed taking classes from him at Purdue. I still remember going to Wolf Park in 5th grade! Take care, Kay Harless Stephens
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