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Melvin "Jim" Klein

Melvin “Jim” Klein, 90 years old, of Remsen, IA, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, after a long battle with leukemia. 
    Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m.., Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Remsen with Rev. William McCarthy officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Graveside military honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 3328, and American Legion Post 220 of Remsen.  Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.  There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary all at the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen, IA. 
    Jim was born Nov. 22, 1918, in rural Remsen, IA, the son of Michael & Anna (Gehrens) Klein.  He was raised in the Remsen area and received his education at both rural school & St. Mary’s Catholic School in Remsen.  After school he farmed with his father & was also a hired hand.  He entered the U. S. Army on Jan. 22, 1942, serving in Hawaii and was honorably discharged on Oct. 17, 1945.  After the service Jim started Klein Trucking & Corn Shelling, and shortly after he started farming on his own. 
    On Oct. 6, 1947, Jim married Kathleen Ricke at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville, IA.  Then in 1954, he started Klein Real Estate & Auction Company in Remsen.  Jim retired in 1984.  He entered the Happy Siesta on Jan. 14, 2004. Kathleen died Sept. 1, 2009.  Jim enjoyed playing the harmonica, fishing, golfing, playing cards, and attending his grandchildren’s events.
    Jim was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, V.F.W Post 3328, and American Legion Post 220 of Remsen, Knights of Columbus, Remsen Lions Club, and Remsen Chamber of Commerce.  Jim also coached several baseball teams including the pee-wees, midgets, American Legion & the Remsen Town Team.
    Survivors include; two sons; Michael Klein & his wife, Linda, James Klein & his wife, Susan all of Remsen; three daughters; Mary Wurth & her husband, Wayne of Yankton, SD, Barbara O’Rourke & her husband Kevin of Cedar Falls, IA, Ann Konz & her husband, James of Overland Park, KS; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elnora Kelsey of Storm Lake, IA, Kathleen Hansen of Waterloo, IA, Marcella Weber & her husband, Ed of North Hills, CA; one brother-in-law, Vernon Ricke & his wife, Leona of Sheldon, IA; three sisters-in-law, Jill Klein of Lincoln, CA, Clarice Schmidt & her husband, Cyril & Jeanette Ricke all of Remsen; as well as numerous nieces & nephews.
    Preceded by: his parents; five brothers, Ray Klein & his wife, Carman, Martin Klein & his wife, Clara, Elmer Klein & his wife, Melinda, Joe Klein & his wife, Jean, Irvin Klein;  one sister, Sylvia Roder & her husband, Al; five brothers-in-law, Dr. William Kelsey, Ambrose Hansen, Robert Ricke & his wife Kathleen, Omar Ricke & his wife Leola, Clarence Ricke; one sister-in-law, Helen Plathe & her husband, Ferd.
    Casket Bearers will be Jennifer, Jesse, Jacob & Justin Wurth, Matthew & Anna Klein, Amy Pick, Jonathan & Emily Klein, Amanda & Megan Konz.
    Honorary Bearers will be member of the Knights of Columbus.

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To the Klein family, I want to express my deepest sympathy in the recent loss of your mother and now your father. I will remember you and your family in my prayers. God Bless You! Deb Beelner

Deb Beelner Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

It has been a difficult year for all of you. My heart goes out to you. Lord, please bring your comfort and courage. With love, Claire

Claire Gruppo Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To the Klein family, I want to express my deepest sympathy in the recent loss of your mother and now your father. I will remember you and your family in my prayers. God Bless You! Deb Beelner

Deb Beelner Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Jim. He would always say hello when we stopped at the nursing home

Mike & Heidi Schiltz Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a great guy.

Randy Hansen Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Especially so soon after the loss of his loving wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

Karen and Dennis Russell Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our sympathies go out to your family, we will miss Jim music from playing the harmonica, he played very well, God bless your family and thanks for letting us take of your father.

Happy Siesta staff Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM