Lawrence Victor Klein(1919 - 2012)

Lawrence Victor Klein, 92

Lawrence Victor Klein, son of the late George Klein and Mary Schwemmer Klein, was born October 18, 1919 in Tampa, Kansas. He departed this life March 20, 2012 in Calico Rock, Arkansas at the age of 92 years, 5 months and 2 days. He attended high school in Winfield, Kansas where he excelled in athletics as well as academics. He was a member of the 1939 Kansas state high school basketball championship team. He attended college at St. John's and South Western College in Kansas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Emporia State where he earned a Master's Degree in Physical Education.. In 1943 he enlisted into the United States Army and was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Regimen, that fought during the "Battle of the Bulge" in Europe. He was united in marriage to Joyce Whitfield on July 24, 1959 in Olathe, Kansas and to this union two sons were born. During his 33 year teaching career he taught Health, Physical Education, Driver's Education , Science and coached basketball at Burden, Kansas, De Soto, Kansas, Gardner, Kansas and Calico Rock, Arkansas. He was active in community affairs, serving as a former Pineville City Councilman. His hobbies included: Fishing, quail and pheasant hunting, golfing and gardening. He was an avid high school and college basketball fan. He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas Jayhawks. He was of the Lutheran faith and a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mountain Home.

He is survived by two sons: Brent Klein and wife Amy of Northfield, Minnesota and Ron Klein of Pineville; one brother: Lloyd Klein of Udall, Kansas; one sister: Evelyn Hacker of Syracuse, Kansas; five grandchildren: Kyra, Klein, Joel Klein, Libby Klein, Noah Klein and Jordan Klein and a host of other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 52 years: Joyce Whitfield Klein; one brother: Herbert Klein and one grandson: Justin Klein.

Funeral service will be Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Calico Rock Funeral Chapel with Isaac Gray and John Easterling officiating. Burial will be at Pineville Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Calico Rock. Visitation will be Friday, March 23 from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church Braille Center, 312 West North Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Pallbearers: Dan Lindsey, Joel Klein, Noah Klein, Eric Estes, Scott Whitfield, Carl Winters, Don Dvorack and Jerry Klein.

Honorary Pallbearers: Kyra Klein, Libby Klein, Jordan Klein and Rex Whitfield.

Published in Baxter Bulletin on Mar. 22, 2012