C. Neil Klingelhofer Sr., farmer

March 04, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

C. Neil Klingelhofer Sr., retired former general superintendent of the Baltimore County Bureau of Highways and a longtime farmer, died Feb. 18 of respiratory failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care.

He was 86.

Mr. Klingelhofer, the son of farmers, was born in Baltimore and raised in Randallstown. After graduating in 1941 from Calvert Hall College High School, he farmed full time.

In addition to owning and operating Liberty Farms in Randallstown, Mr. Klingelhofer was general superintendent of the Baltimore County Bureau of Highways from 1959 until his retirement in 1991.

Mr. Klingelhofer and his wife, the former Nancy B. Sanner, whom he married in 1947, raised and sold vegetables and produce at a Liberty Road stand for years.

She died in 2001.

In any season, Mr. Klingelhofer aboard his tractor was a familiar sight to passers-by.

He was a communicant of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Randallstown, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Feb. 22.

"His three sons hand-dug his grave at Old Holy Family Cemetery in Holbrook," said a daughter, Joanne Cole of Lutherville.

"They decided he should have one last ride behind his favorite tractor, which was driven by [his son] Larry. They picked out a flatbed, hooked it to the tractor and placed his coffin on it and drove it to the cemetery," Mrs. Cole said. "It was beautiful."

Also surviving are three sons, C. Neil Klingelhofer Jr. of Manchester, Larry Klingelhofer of Marriottsville and Edward Klingelhofer of Hampstead; another daughter, Diane Koppel of Timonium; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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