January 5, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.
He was born March 5, 1941 to Moe and Joseph Klein Sr., in Sauk Centre, MN, the oldest child of seven. When he was 11 the family moved to Shafer. He attended and graduated from Lindstrom High School. After graduation he served in the Navy at Jacksonville, Florida.
He worked for Corey Oil, Lindstrom delivering fuel oil and was for a short time a volunteer fireman. He worked for Production Aids, as Foreman and pinch press operator, also attending class at St. Paul VoTech. He then worked at Jae's Precast after attending Joliet concrete classes, also worked at Cornelius a few years then went to Carter Day for 16 years, a short time at Wilson tool, finally at city of Shafer as Maintenance man, from which he finally retired. A hard working man, he also volunteered as a Boy Scout leader several years. He was always doing side jobs; tree service, snow plowing, lawn mowing or saw sharpening. Always there to help a neighbor or friend when they needed it.
He was united in marriage to Helen Lorraine Wood of Litchfield, MN. They have one daughter and three sons. After living in St. Paul for a few years they moved to Lindstrom in 1970.
He is survived by sons; Stanley (Pam) of Princeton, Christopher (Amy) of Stacy, Philip (Gayle) of Rush City and one daughter Lori (Brian) Hannah of Cambridge; former wife Helen L. Klein of North Branch; mother Mae Brown of St. Croix Falls, Wisc., sisters Jane (David) Thompson of Ankney IA; Carol (Ray) Tourville of St. Croix Valls, Wisc., and Kathy Larson of St. Croix Falls Wisc., three brothers Richard (Carol) of Taylors Falls, MN, Donald (Patty) of St. Croix Falls, Wisc., and William of Blue Earth, MN, 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews and special friend Judy Judkins of Lindstrom.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts and uncles, father Joseph A. Klein Sr., son in law Gary Branville, and very special friend Lola Eggum.
A military memorial was held at the American Legion in St. Croix Falls, Wisc., November 9, 2011.
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