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Monday, 18 March 2019 22:43

Danville, KY, Man Has Run Kleckner’s Collision Center for 42 Years

Written by Robin Hart, The Advocate-Messenger
The guys at Kleckner's Collision Center are, from left, Loren Arth, Earl Kleckner Jr., Wayne VonLinger and Earl Kleckner Sr. The guys at Kleckner's Collision Center are, from left, Loren Arth, Earl Kleckner Jr., Wayne VonLinger and Earl Kleckner Sr. Robin Hart

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The two most common incidents that bring vehicles in for repairs are backing into a car that’s not ordinarily parked in a person’s driveway and hitting a deer. “They’re all over.”

 

Kleckner said he’s a “self-taught” body repairman and became intrigued with working on vehicles at a young age, as his father tinkered with them when he was just 10.

 

When Kleckner was 12, he saved up $25 from his newspaper route and purchased his first car---a 1947 Plymouth---without his parents’ knowledge. He said he and his brother hid the car in a field near their home in Ohio.

 

“It was our little dirt tracker. We had it about a year before our parents found out about it.”

 

When they did learn about the car, “They weren’t real thrilled,” but were glad the boys knew better than to ever take it out on the roads, Kleckner said, laughing.

 

One day, Kleckner hopes to “semi-retire” and leave the business side of the body shop to his son and his expert team to continue doing what they do best. For years, he hasn’t had time to fly his model airplanes, and he wants to do a little fishing.

 

In August, Klecker will turn 71.

 

“I don’t feel like it. It’s kind of sticker shock,” he said. “It comes fast.”

 

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