John “Jack” Klein passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial for John “Jack” Klein will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012 at Kahler Funeral Home and will resume at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church. A Christian Wake Service followed by a Catholic Order of Forester’s Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the church.
John was born July 31, 1943 to Clarence and Mildred (Gebhart) Klein in Dell Rapids, SD. He graduated from Dell Rapids St. Mary’s Catholic School in 1961. He then attended South Dakota State University and graduated with an economics degree in 1965.
After graduation, he met Agnes Roeder. They married October 7, 1967 at St. Killian’s Catholic Church in St. Killian, MN. They farmed until 1981, after which he worked for Reecy’s Farm Supply for many years. He then held sales positions until 1999, when due to health reasons, he began a part time position valet parking at Avera Doctor’s Plaza 2. He retired in 2008.
John enjoyed traveling to see his family, playing with his grandchildren, playing cards with his children and card club, and participating in St. Mary’s functions. He was also active with youth group. He was a member of the booster club, parish finance council, and an active member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.
He was preceeded in death by his parents.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Agnes, his children and grandchildren, Cynthia (Wilbur), Luke and John Griswold of Littleton, CO; Pamela (Scott), Connor and Cooper Bauer of Webster, SD; Diane (Carlos) and Jessica Perez of Tallahassee, FL; Denise and Amellia Klein of Sioux Falls, SD; Kathy (Paul), Kaitlyn, Morgan, April, Abigail, and Sean Cihoski of Fairmont, MN; Timothy Klein of San Francisco, CA; Rosemary (Bill), Tyler and Jack Dively of Taylorville, IL; and Jonathan (Melissa), Kaleb, Mya and Eliana Klein of Rochester, MN. He is also survived by his siblings, JoAnn (James) Dawe, Sister Janice Klein PBVM, Jane (David Fisch) Klein, Joyce (Robert) Hericks, and Jerome (Jean) Klein.