Carter Klinger

carter klinger
Carter Christopher Klinger was born on September 9, 2020 at 3:54pm to his loving parents, Benjamin and Rachel Klinger. He passed away peacefully on October 14, 2020. While his time on this earth was short, he brought light and smiles to every person who watched him grow. He was wrapped in layers upon layers of love from his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and family. When anyone held him, saw his daily photo updates, or heard his squeaks they felt his joy and witnessed the love that surrounded him. In the hardest year so many of us have gone through, Carter made family out of friends and enriched relationships in immeasurable ways. His expressive face made everyone giggle and his calm demeanor brought peace to those who needed it. We are forever grateful that we had the opportunity for him to change our hearts and know that he is looking over us always. Carter is survived by his incredible parents, Ben and Rachel; proud grandparents Randy & Elaine Klinger, Chris & Shelly Ford; great-grandparents Frances Breth, Brian & Marilyn Ford, Larry Kennebeck; aunts and uncles Sam Klinger & Brenna Chisholm, Olivia Klinger & Blaze Dorchincez, Alex & Brian Fravel, Ana Ford, Renae Ford; and an extended network of honorary aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is joined in heaven by his great-grandparents Arthur & Josephine Klinger, Michael Breth, Phyllis Kennebeck; and great-uncles Steven Klinger, Dave Breth, and Rich Achman. A private celebration of Carter’s life with family and close friends will be held at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo, ND. In lieu of flowers, Ben and Rachel ask that you please make donations at as any excess funds will be donated to charities dedicated to infant loss research and family support in Carter’s name.

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  1. Ben, Rachel, Randy and Elaine and your beautiful, extended families – there are no words to say, only prayers and love. May God bless you and put His loving arms around you all.

  2. Ben and Rachel, Randy and Elaine, we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all and praying for you.

  3. Ben & Rachel,
    My sincerest condolences to you both. While your time with Carter was brief, I am certain the love you have for him will never diminish.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m deeply sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for all of you.

  5. From Jules, Greg, Max, Louie and Harry

    We send our hearts and wishes to all of you. Anything you need, anything we can do we are here for you both.


    The Zekowski Family

  6. My thoughts, prayers, and love are all being sent your way, Ben and Rachel. I pray that you are able to find peace and know that baby Carter will forever be with you. The Nova Flex family has been sending over SO much love, support, and prayers your way and will forever be there for you.

  7. Rachel and Ben, my deepest condolences.

    Carter brought so much joy to numerous people and will always be missed. You and your families will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Ben and Rachel- I’m watching live from Nisswa and am loving you from afar, now and always. Cannot wait to hug you both.

  9. Rachel, Ben and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please remember that you are in the hearts of so many people.

  10. Our hearts ache for your loss, but we are grateful for your strength and resilience, and the profound impact Carter could have on all of our families.

  11. Ben, Rachel, and Family –

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a beautiful service for a beautiful family. Carter was so lucky to have such loving parents.

  12. Dear Randy and Elaine, Ben and Rachel,
    There are no words sufficient enough to express my sympathies for your loss! The gift of life is so precious and Carter’s life is a gift! I trust that some day we will have answers and God’s plan will be revealed to us. In the meantime, I hold each of you in my most heartfelt prayers and pray that God will comfort you. Many blessings

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God help you find strength and peace at this very difficult time. Your celebration of life service was beautiful. My heart is with you all.

  14. Prayers for all of Carter’s family, May you find comfort through your faith during this most difficult time. Love always Aunt Sosie

  15. Like the man said- this isn’t goodbye, just see you later. You are in our hearts every moment of every day. We love you so so much.

  16. My heart aches for you as you grieve this unimaginable loss. I pray for you to have strength and to be surrounded by love during this time.

  17. Rachel and Ben, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending love and support your way. We are so sorry for your loss.

  18. Rachel and Ben – My love, thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss. May Carter be forever remembered and always in your hearts.

  19. We’re thankful we got to see all the beautiful pictures of your precious baby boy after a lovely ceremony. Sending you strength and love to carry you through this tough time.

  20. Ben, Sarah and family,

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Big hugs and lots of prayers. Remember to keep God close and always reach out to your loved ones when you need help. Grieve how you need to and remember the great times you’ve had with precious Carter until you meet him again.

  21. My heart goes out to you Rachel and Ben during this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  22. Words cannot express how sorry we are for you and your family. Please know that you all are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Sending much love, comfort and peace at this most difficult time.

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