Gary Ray Kling, 70, a beloved dad, grandfather, and former football coach died on July 25th, 2017. He left this life like he lived, a little complicated and with a story. He was an All-American football player in high school and later played semi-professional football for the Denver Broncos. Gary and his first wife owned a bar, The Blue Lady in Denver where he would serve his three young daughters maraschino cherries at the bar. Wanita Kling, his second wife and he moved to Clinton in the late 1970’s. They lived in the house his grandfather built, Charles Smith, where Gary spent his childhood summers. Even with an amputated leg that kept him from participating in football, his love for the game and the point spread never died. He coached Clinton High School football for 23 years, retiring after his youngest son graduated in 2008. He was also a volunteer fire fighter and fire chief for Culpepper Mountain. Wanita passed away in 1997. He is survived by his children, Tamera Matteo (Joe), Alisa Paladino (Allen), Suzanne Filson (Dale), Steven Kling (Christine), Dustin Kling (Megan) and eleven grandchildren.
A Memorial Visitation will be held in his honor on Monday July 31, 2017, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For online guestbook, www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/clinton