Sydney Cleon Klenk

October 26, 1935 — July 11, 2020


Sydney Cleon Klenk, born October 26, 1935, passed away peacefully in his home on July 11, 2020.

Sydney was born at Fort Lewis, Washington to Andrew Cleon and Lillian Klenk.

He served in the Unites States Navy and the Air Force where he earned the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. During his service participated in Operation Redwing and was on protection detail for several United States Presidents.

He moved to Port Townsend, Washington in 1963 where he became a Police Officer for the Port Townsend Police Department. The first day on the job, he met the love of his life Betty Gizinski, and they were married November 23, 1963.

He opened Syd’s Sport Shop in 1971 and had to close in 1976 due to health issues.

He held several jobs including a City Council Position, working for animal control, and at the Indian Island Munition Depot. He later moved his family to Shelton Washington where he worked for the Washington State Corrections Department where he retired as a Sergeant. When his health started failing, he then moved to Meridian Idaho with his wife.

He loved serving his community and he continued to do that by being an active member of the Free and Accepted Masons (past master and life member) and Order of Eastern Star. He was a huge support to his daughters in their activities with the International Order of Rainbow for Girls and 4-H. He was a founding member of the Port Hadlock Lions Club and the Jefferson County CB Club. He also spent hundreds of hours helping his wife and her family with their duties at the Jefferson County Fair.

Sydney was preceded in death by his Father Andrew Klenk, Mother Lillian Kronquist, Brother Gene Klenk, Son David Klenk, and Grand Daughter Theresa Lauren Klenk.

He is survived by his wife Betty Klenk and beloved dog Duke Nukem, daughter Arlene (Don) Dean, daughter Teresa (Michael) Worth, son Andrew (Rhonda) Reeves, daughter-in-law Beverly (Kurt) Kelly, stepsister Ella (Tom) Mullin, stepbrother Rick (Noreen) Kronquist.

Grandsons Alexander Dean, Joshua (Sarah) Dean, Matthew Dean.

Granddaughters Sydney Worth, Kathy (Drew) Hartwell, Melissa Reeves.

Great-grandsons Jackson Hartwell and Blaze Reeves.

Great -granddaughters Brianna Hartwell, Sicilly Velez, Ember Reeves and Addyson Reeves.

His family would like to give a special thank you to Heart ‘n Home Hospice for their help and support through the last few months of his life.


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