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Joseph “Joe” Robert Klingensmith

Joseph “Joe” Robert Klingensmith,76, of Levelland, passed into glorious Eternity on April 27, 2020, at 6:35 p.m. in Lubbock.
Joe was born November 1, 1944, in Lubbock, to Harold  (Hap) Klingensmith and Lucia Mask Klingensmith.
He attended  Levelland schools and later enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a communication specialist on the USS Gridley. 
While serving, Joe and some fellow shipmates played in the band. This ship’s band would perform for special events and Joe was the drummer. 
After his honorable discharge, Joe found employment in the fields of communications, including MCI/Sprint Corporation.
Prior to his entering the Navy,  Joe was a member of the Velveteens Band from 1960 to 1961 as well as the Rip Chords in California.
He journeyed  to Washington D.C. in October of 2018, to participate in an honor flight trip with fellow South Plains veterans. Honor flight trips are a once in a lifetime opportunity for American veterens. 
Joe was always an entrepreneur from his kool-aid stands to delivering newspapers on his motor scooter. 
He lived a life of generosity towards family, friends and strangers. 
This generous spirit stemmed from the fact the he loved they Lord Jesus. It was very common for Joe to participate in daily Bible studies.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles “Bobo” Klingensmith; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Whitt.
He is survived by two sisters, Janice Burch of Levelland and Kamelia Whitt of Alvord, Texas; nieces: Rhonda Reinholz, Teresa Burch, Laurie Gilbertson and Candace Clower; nephews: Stacey Whitt and Randal Whitt; and many grand-nieces,  nephews, family and friends.
Joe donated his body to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of Lubbock as a gift to their school of medicine.

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