Andrew Frank Klimko, 85, died Sunday, December 8, 2013, in Cleveland. Born in Medina on October 1, 1928, he graduated from Medina High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, served with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea, and attended the 8th Army Signal Corps School in Japan. During the Korean War he served with the U.S. Constabulary’s 6th Armored Cavalry in Germany.
A graduate of Miami University (Ohio) in 1953, he held several positions with the U.S. Postal Service, including a brief tenure as postal inspector. Retiring as superintendent of operations in 1983, he ran unsuccessfully for Medina City Council, and served on City Charter Review Commissions in 1985 and 1991.
During his youth, he played league fast-pitch softball, and was an officer of the Chippewa Yacht Club while crewing on Y-Flyer racing sailboats. He studied theater during summer sessions at the University of Wisconsin, and was a member of the board of directors of the Ohio Community Theater Association. He directed 35 plays for the Medina Masquers, and acted in plays for them, and for the Center Theater Guild, and Weathervane Playhouse in Akron. In retirement, he wrote And So Forth and So On, an autobiography; Terra Incognita, a collection of short stories; and novels, All Good Things, Let’s Pretend Everything’s Okay, and Mora Bykar. He was a trustee of the Medina County Arts Council, and was also a member of the Medina County Historical Society.
Andrew was a 25 gallon American Red Cross blood donor and active for many years with Great Books discussion groups in Medina, Fairlawn, Colby College and Pocono Manor. Photography, stamp collecting, abstract painting, and Tai Chi were his other activities.
For over 20 years, he was involved in the Gurdjieff Work, which he considered an extremely useful discipline. He supported the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Amnesty International, the ACLU, and the local SPCA.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to any of those organizations.
A friend said of him: “He had an enduring concern for matters of consequence as expressed in great literature, a love of language and its effective use, an intense interest in significant ideas which he gratified by traveling throughout the country participating in symposia, and a passion for life and the human experience.”
He is survived by brother, Michael of Medina; nieces, Kathy Boyarski and Michelle (Tony) Miranda of California, Terri (Stevan) Cowan and Christine Alstott of Illinois; along with nephews, James and Dennis (Debbie) of California, Mike and Mark of Illinois; and also former wives and friends, Charlene Haugsted Klimko and Stephanie Ford Bankey.
He was preceded in death by parents, Michael and Mary (Takacs) Klimko, who emigrated from Hungary in 1900 and 1921; and his older brother, John.
Services will be held Friday, December 13, 2013, 2:30 P.M., at the Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Father Tony Sejba will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M., at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.waitefuneralhome.com