Russell Klein Sr.
Russell C. Klein, Sr., 86, of Belleville, Ill., born Oct. 11, 1927, in Belleville, Ill., died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Klein retired from Wagner Motor Car Company, Belleville, Ill., where he had worked as the body shop manager. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member and the current commander of the Korean War Veterans Association, IMJIN Chapter. He was also a member of American Legion Stookey Post 1255 and VFW Fairview Heights Post 8677. He had been very active in both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. Russ was a better-than-average left-handed golfer.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Gladys, nee Klingelhoefer, Klein, whom he married on Nov. 22, 1952, and who died Feb. 27, 2009; his parents, Louis and Ernestine, nee Hayman, Klein; four brothers, Walter Klein, Burnhardt Klein, Eugene Klein, and Louis Klein; five sisters, Frances Klein, Irene Brandle, Juliette Bertelsman, Mildred Lehman, and Anna May Klein; and a son-in-law, Wolfgang Bloos.
Surviving are his four children, Russell Jr. (Kathy) Klein of Swansea, Ill., Sandra "Sandy" Bloos of Belleville, Ill., Robert (Lisa) Klein of Belleville, Ill., and Richard (Cheryl) Klein of New Athens, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Christina, Jody, Zachary, Christian, Sarah, Alan, and Colten; eight great-grandchildren, Jacob, Benjamin, John, Fielden, Adalynn, Payton, Nora, and Mae; a sister-in-law, Delores Klingelhoefer; numerous nieces and nephews; and his good friends in the Imjin Chapter of the Korean War Veterans.
The Klein family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Aach, Dr. Szopa, and Dr. Raben for their care of Russell.
Memorials may be made to the Korean War Veterans Association, Imjin Chapter, or to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. A Korean War Veterans service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at the funeral home, with Pastor William Kapp officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
George Renner & Sons Funeral Home
120 North Illinois Street Belleville, IL 62220
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 25, 2014