Romeo F. Klein, 91, of Ruidoso, New Mexico, passed away, August 8, 2013. He was born August 11, 1921 in Rio Grande City, Texas, to Charles and Paula Klein. He grew up in Rio Grande City, served his country for 4 years, and lived the rest of his life in Ruidoso. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps, Honorably served in the United States Marine Corp during WWII, was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation and earned, but has not received, a Purple Heart. He was an active member and held many posts in the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Marine Corps League. He owned and operated Klein's Laundry and Klein's Thrift Store. He attended St. Eleanor's Catholic Church in Ruidoso. He married the former Katherine "Katie" Randolph on December 29, 1945. They were married for over 65 years. Romeo was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.
He is survived by one son, Romeo Klein, Jr.; five daughters, Carol Rue and her husband Barney, Virginia Armstrong and her husband Tom, Juliet Dean, Anita Ordorica and her husband Miguel, and Patsy Klein and her husband Jason Kinnick; 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and many treasured nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Katie; his two sons, Donnie and Andy Michael; his parents Charles and Paula Klein; his brothers Guadalupe and Aristeo Klein; and his sister Julieta Pope.
Rosary was held Monday, August 12, at 7:00 PM in St. Eleanor's Catholic Church in Ruidoso where the funeral mass was on Tuesday, August 13, at 10:00 AM. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruidoso.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lagroneruidoso.com.
Published in Ruidoso News from Aug. 14 to Sept. 12, 2013