Fred Kling

Fred Kling, age 91, of Breckenridge, MN, formerly of Carrington, ND, died Sunday, February 11, 2018, in CHI St. Francis Nursing Home, Breckenridge.

Fredrick Kling was born on December 12, 1926, in Bowbells, ND, the son of Martin and Bertha (Herman) Kling. He grew up and attended school in Donnybrook, ND, graduating in 1945. Fred worked for the SOO Line Railroad from 1944-1967 while living in Donnybrook.

Fred was united in marriage to Blanche A. Payne on June 15, 1952, in Mott, ND. They made their home in Donnybrook just west of Minot, ND.  In 1967, they moved to Carrington and Fred worked as a line section foreman until 1986. They then moved to Valley City and Fred retired in 1988. In 1993 they moved back to Carrington. Fred cared for Blanche for many years before she died on May 20, 1998. Fred continued to live in Carrington until 2016, when he moved into New Rockford’s Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd for a short time. He then moved to Breckenridge in 2017, to be closer to family.

Fred’s life was the railroad. He enjoyed bowling, baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins. He spent time playing cards, pool, bingo, and visiting at the Senior Citizens Center. Fred had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his two sons, Mark (Lola) Kling, Kent, WA, David Kling, and daughter, Lana Althoff, both of Wahpeton; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; one sister Leona Funk; and good friend Marcella Edinger.

He is preceded in death by his wife Blanche; parents; six brothers Gus, Art, Harry, Walt, Clifford, George; one sister Ester.



One hour prior to service at the church.


Friday, February, 16, 2018, at 10:30AM in Grace Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND


Carrington Cemetery

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Name: Julie Krueger

Date: 2/14/18

Message: Mark, Dave and Lana:  So very sorry. I will always be so grateful to your mom and dad for taking me in for a couple of months in high school.  So many wonderful memories before then, during that time and after. You are all precious to me, and I love you all. God's blessings!



Name: Kathleen Davis

Date: 2/14/2018

Message: Mark,

My deepest sympathies in the passing of your dad. I remember your mom and dad well and in the later years in Carrington, when I would walk at the armory during inclement weather, your dad was there walking at his pace. It's never easy to lose a parent. 



Name: Kent Greff

Date: 02/13/18

Message: Mark, David, and Lana,

So very sorry for your loss.  Seems like yesterday that Uncle Fred was out playing catch with us with a baseball.  He was always willing to play catch... never too busy.  May you find peace in his passing.  Bless each of you.




Name: Melanie Puetz

Date: 2/13/2018

Message: Dave and Dan so sorry for the loss of your father and grandpa.  It is always hard to loose a loved one. He had an amazing long life, cherish the memories made throughout the years.


Name: Patti (Hoye) Fandrich

Date: 02/13/2018

Message: Mark, David, Lana

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  I remember your parents so fondly as neighbors growing up in Carrington.  I am glad to see you were able to have your Dad so many years.