GENEVA – On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Lyle A. Klein of Geneva passed away of natural causes at the age of 82. By his side at the time of his passing were his loving wife of more than 40 years, Sandra Klein, and his beloved daughter, Erica Heth.|
Lyle is survived by his wife, Sandra Klein; four children, Lyle Klein, Jr., Joseph (Joslyn) Klein, James (Kris) Klein and Erica Heth; seven grandchildren, Ethan Klein, Dylan Klein, Hawkyns Klein, Sam Heth, Aidan Heth, Keira Heth and Brenna Heth; and siblings, Janet, Tootie and Sandy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Frances Klein; and son-in-law, Rick Heth.
Lyle was born in Balta, N.D., on Aug. 11, 1930. His life is best described as the quintessential American dream. A product of the Great Depression, Lyle eventually starred and captained the Marquette University football team in the 1950s. After serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, he translated his passion for football and fashion into spending a life working for two of our country's most cherished institutions: the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League and Levi Strauss & Company.
Lyle will be remembered as a man who lived life to its fullest and commanded an unparalleled level of respect by all those who were fortunate enough to have known him. He was truly everybody's All-American. By those closest to him, Lyle will be remembered as someone who has imprinted countless indelible marks on all our souls. These special engravings have left each of us with a blueprint for how to live a life of faith, love, honesty, integrity, joy and success. For these and innumerable other reasons, we celebrate the life of Lyle Anthony Klein and thank him for everything!
Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva, with Father Martins Emeh Celebrant. A lunch will be provided after the services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to
, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60604, would be appreciated.
Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home of Geneva. For information, call 630-232-8233 or visit www.malonefh.com.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on May 23, 2013