Posted On February 8th, 2013 -

On December 17, 2012, Leonard “Pops” Kling, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, passed away at the age of 89. He was born in New York. Pops was raised and joined the National Guard in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also served in the Army and fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and retired from military service after 30+ years. Afterwards, Pops taught JROTC for 10 years at Saint Louis High School and continued his leadership and contributions as a member of many organizations: The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Army Sergeant Majors Association, Association of the U.S. Army, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Old Soldiers of Hawaii and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is survived by his wife Antonita “Toni” Kling, stepsons Kevin De Vera, and Marshall De Vera, Jr. (Leoni); step- daughters Marsha Nelson (Jerry), Diane Ferreira, Angie Tunoa (Tony), and Jenna Horton (Charles); seven step- grandchildren, cousins, and other relatives on the mainland, and his faithful pet “Bella.” He was preceded in death by his first wife, Glendeene Kling (1988) and his son Donald Kling (1999). Services will be held on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Borthwick Mortuary Mauka, 1330 Maunakea Street, Honolulu, HI 96817. Viewing starts at 9:00 a.m. and the funeral service starts at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, 45-349 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, HI 96744 at 2:00p.m. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Islands Hospice, Hawaiian Humane Society, or Grace Bible Church West Oahu.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran