Richard E. Kleinfelder, construction manager

Had worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground and sold equipment for Hyster Co.

  • Richard Kleinfelder
Richard Kleinfelder
September 20, 2014|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | The Baltimore Sun

Richard E. Kleinfelder, a retired construction manager who had also worked in equipment sales, died Sept. 13 at Stella Maris Hospice of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 66.

The son of Julius Elwood "Bud" Kleinfelder, a Siemens salesman, and Dolores Kleinfelder, a homemaker, Richard Elwood Kleinfelder was born in Philadelphia and raised in Springfield, Pa.

He and his family moved to Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where he graduated in 1966 from Bloomfield Hills High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1970 from the University of Cincinnati and later earned a master's degree in political science from Villanova University.

Mr. Kleinfelder, a longtime resident of Rodgers Forge, worked for the Hyster Co. selling heavy construction equipment. In 2004, he took a job at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he was a construction manager, until retiring in 2009.

Mr. Kleinfelder enjoyed political discussions, movies, roller coasters and going to the beach, family members said.

He was a regular at the annual oyster and bull roast at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore, "where his distinctive laugh could be heard above all others as he enjoyed his favorite food, drink and a good card game," said a sister, Mary Ellen Kelly of Bethany Beach, Del.

Mr. Kleinfelder was also an inveterate fisherman and golfer.

"After a long struggle with ALS, Richard lost his ability to enjoy many things, but his sense of humor and laugh never faded," his sister said.

He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to his sister, Mr. Kleinfelder is survived by his daughter, Lauren Ann Kleinfelder of Rodgers Forge; his mother, Dolores Kleinfelder of Ocean City, N.J.; another sister, Carole Kleinfelder of Jeffersonville, Maine; a niece; and two nephews. His marriage to the former Liz Roberts ended in divorce.

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