Dr. Terence Klingele

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Dr. Terence Glisan Klingele, age 83, of Fernandina Beach, FL and Belleville IL, died on February 18, 2022, in his home of natural causes.

Terry was born and raised in Quincy, IL.  He attended St. Johns the Baptist grade school, Notre Dame High School and two years at Quincy College.  He never got tired of going home for lunch at Maid Rite.  In 1958, he entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program, where he finished at the top of his class (a distinction known as Top Gun).  Terry flew fighter jets for the United States Marine Corps for six years, while stationed in the Philippines and Japan.

After completing his military service, Terry finished his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, then medical school at the University of California, San Francisco.  He completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 1974 at Moffitt Hospital in San Francisco.  In 1975 he opened his medical practice in the arcades building on west Main Street in Belleville. Dr. Klingele, along with his partners, went on to build one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the country.  In addition to his practice, he traveled the world to perform eye surgeries in remote places where healthcare was limited and to train local doctors.  Terry particularly enjoyed his numerous trips volunteering in Afghanistan with the International Assistance Mission.

Terry was a brilliant, active, and intensely curious man. He flew MIG-15, MIG-17 and F-86 aircraft in air shows for years throughout the Midwest.  He won the Wright Brothers Master Pilot award after 50 years of safe aviation (despite being cited for flying through the St. Louis Arch during an airshow). At age 70, Terry took up hiking and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.  After retiring from his practice, he traveled to Liverpool, England and obtained a master’s degree in tropical disease with the goal of conducting research to end pediatric malaria.  Terry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.  He was an insightful conversationalist who could cover topics from bee genetics to nuclear fission.  An avid fisherman and hunter, he particularly enjoyed going after squirrels and turkeys.  Over the years he owned a variety of motorcycles, cars, boats and aircraft—he liked to go fast.  Cutting down a hardwood tree was a capital offense in Terry’s mind.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Marcellus and Dorothy Glisan Klingele; and his wife, Enid Klingele (Minor).  He is survived by his siblings, Bruce Klingele, Lynn Klingele, Becky Barbieri, and Joyce Moon; children, Erin, Elizabeth, and T.J.; as well as seven grandchildren, Victoria, Mark, Thomas, Lucas, Roman, Adrian and Quentin; and his close friend, Bill Shaltenbrand.

Terry was a generous and caring man who made significant financial contributions to the community; those who called him family or friend will miss him dearly.

Memorials may be made to the International Assistance Mission at https://iam-afghanistan.org/ Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.

 Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Masks are required.

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


16 Comments on Dr. Terence Klingele

Rhonda said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2022 at 4:40 PM

I worked with Dr Klingele for 5 years. I admired and respected him, he always seemed to be thinking about his next adventure. He was always generous and seemed to care about his staff. RIP

  • Freeburg
  • Il
T.J. Klingele said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2022 at 11:32 AM

I could not have asked for a better man to call my father. He never stopped teaching me how to be a better person. Being raised by a man that came from such a humble and hard working back ground shaped me into the person I am today. He was firm but patient, strong but kind, and intelligent but receptive. I loved our conversations and always was eager to get his opinion. When I grew older he truly became my best friend. I will always think of him when I catch a fish, walk into a woods, or look to the sky. His legacy lives on in the many people that were helped by him. The impression he left on this world will carry on for generations to come. I am proud to carry the name that he gave me and I will always strive to bring credit to it. He rests now but he lives on in all that loved him.

  • Homestead
  • FL
Judy Clark said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2022 at 9:40 AM

My sincere condolences to the family of Terence Klingele. He was a very special person and the best friend of my late husband, John Clark. Terry will be missed.

  • Mc Lean
  • VA
John Holds MD said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 3:58 PM

As a colleague, I always enjoyed and respected Dr. Klingele and am sad to hear he has passed. He was a smart and capable doctor with many interests and skills. Condolences to family and friends. He will be missed.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Jim Klingele said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 11:35 AM

This is Terry’s cousin from Texas, Jim, again. This is for his grandson, Roman. Terry’s Dad had two brothers - Paul, who was my Dad, and Roman, who is obviously your namesake. People in Quincy called him Roman - seems logical. But I always called him Uncle Jim, as did our family and a lot of others. Have no idea why. And me being named Jim after my Dad’s brother seemed pretty nice. But congratulations to you for being named after the real thing. I guess I’m a nickname.

  • Plano
  • Tx
Misty said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2022 at 7:45 AM

It was my honor to work with Dr. Klingele. I have so many memories of him that I will cherish. We loved to aggravate, tease and test each other at work. Our conversations were always interesting. I loved his laugh and smile. It is safe to say he tolerated me on some days. He cared deeply about his patients and was an amazing physician and surgeon. He loved his kids and spoke of them often so much so that I felt I knew them. Always with a smile. In life you hope to meet a person that is genuinely kind and real, I did and I was blessed to have that person as my boss. I will miss our talks and that laugh. Peace be with you TGK

  • Centralia
  • Il
Shirley Pfeiffer said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2022 at 3:44 PM

Sincere condolences to the Klingele family. I worked for Dr. Klingele for a number of years. He was a wonderful man. Generous, kind, witty, strong, one of a kind. He will be missed by many.

  • Fort Myers
  • FL
Shirley Pfeiffer said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2022 at 2:09 PM

Sincere condolences to the Klingle family. I worked for Dr Klingele a number of years. He was a wonderful man. Kind, witty, strong, one of a kind. He will be missed by many.

  • Fenton
  • MO
E Higgins Garrison said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2022 at 1:10 PM

Terry was a dear friend to me and my sisters and brothers from the days of our childhood through the years. We treasure those early days, as did Terry. He and his family are in my thoughts.

  • Indianapolis
  • IN
Jim said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2022 at 11:33 AM

I am Terry’s cousin, now living in Texas. My Dad moved from Quincy to Chicago in the 1940’s, but our summer vacations were always spent going back to Quincy, where we got to know Terry and all our cousins, aunts and uncles. I really liked visiting with his Dad, my Uncle Marce. Like most other Klingele families, he was a farmer, but started and ran a very successful styrofoam business. But after work, he would always put on his overalls and tend to his farming chores. I think Terry’ life reflected many of those same traits. Roots meant a lot to him. After traveling worldwide, he set up his practice in Belleville. He married Enid in Belleville, and my new wife, Pamela, and I were lucky enough to attend. We met again in San Francisco in the late 1960’s where I had gotten a new job and he was attending medical school. We had a number of nice visits at our place in Redwood City or their’s near Golden Gate Park. We always enjoyed Enid’s great cooking. Today, we share your sadness. But as time goes by, your wonderful memories of such a dynamic, generous and loving Dad, Grandfather and friend will turn to joy to have had him be part of your life. May God bless you all.

  • plano
  • tx
Dale L Blaes said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2022 at 12:21 PM

My Deepesed Sympathy in the loss of your Father. Terry was my eye doctor for many years and always took time to xplain how things were going since I only had one eye. Will never forget hi. May he Rest In Peacr in Gods arms

  • Marissa
  • IL
Kenneth Morgens said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2022 at 9:08 AM

Clearly, a most intriguing man and life. Any conversation with Terry was always enlightening and intriguing. Rest in Peace.

  • Scottsdale
  • AZ
Torrie Seibert said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2022 at 9:03 AM

Dr. Klingele was one of the greatest, smartest and generous man that I’ve ever known. I was lucky to work for him also. He certainly taught us so much. Oh, the stories we could tell. We never ever went hungry at work, he always had our kitchen stocked up with lots of food and soda. Remembering all the Christmas parties at the office, such wonderful memories. Thank you for the goodness you gave to me Dr. Klingele. Now you Rest In Peace. You will be missed greatly.

  • Red Bud
  • Il.
Carol said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2022 at 8:23 AM

My deepest sympathy to family and friends. As an RN I worked at the Eye Surgery Center for a number of years and traveled with him on one of his medical mission trips. He was an amazing surgeon and knowledgeable on so many subjects. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. We are out of state and will be missing the services. Please know we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Breese
  • IL
John Vinson said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2022 at 7:10 PM

Terry was a great man. I'm so glad I got to know him, even it was for a very short time.

  • Solana Beach
  • CA
Christine Morton said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2022 at 5:21 PM

I was honored to be a member of the Surgery center as a technician for 30 years. You taught all of us so many things. We had many laughs and ate a whole lot of popcorn during working hours. Rest in peace Dr Klingele. We all loved you.

  • St Louis
  • Missouri

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