K is for Klinedale

Klinedale is my 90 year-old dad.  Yep, that's his real name.

When my mom first met him, she chuckled after hearing his name.  "Klinedale?" she repeated.  "What do people call you?"

Deadpan, he replied, "Klinedale."

They've been married 64 years.  

Here's a picture of him doing his favorite thing these days.

Getting a hot fudge sundae with our daughter

He received his Master's in Public Health and worked for the government most of his adult life.  He was an accomplished pianist.  He had four children, one of whom died at the age of 23.   He has developed Parkinson's in the past few years, so he's mostly parked in his wheel chair.

His spirit is still young (about 12), and his sense of humor still shines.  A lot of people think their dad is the best, but mine really is.  Ask either of my two remaining siblings.   

I don't know when God might take my dad, so I just wanted you to meet him.

You've probably never met a Klinedale before.

And you'll probably never meet another one.


Andrea said...

Well it was lovely to meet him! :)

Mari said...

I can tell that I would love him. He's got that sparkle in his eyes!

debi o'neille said...

He looks very happy. Nice post!
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

betty said...

Was he named for any one? Family name? It is very unusual! I love his smile! Thank you for sharing him with us!


Unknown said...

Great post, Mare. Loved meeting your dad. I can see him replying to your mom at that first meeting. "What do people call you?" "Klinedale." Love it. Thanks for giving me a smile today. The photo certainly seems to indicate he is a happy man. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

What a strange name never heard the name Klinedale before. You are so blessed to still have him with you and your family

Rita said...

I've never heard that name before. Fits that he would have a unique name as he sounds like a unique man. :)

Sharybary said...

I really enjoyed this, Mare! Your dad's name is truly unique!