Dr. William "Bill" Arnold Stuart Klass
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April 18, 1934 - January 18, 2013
SALEM - Dr. William "Bill" Klass, 78, died January 18 in Salem, Oregon. Bill was born in Cupar, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Klass' parents were both school teachers. Bill's father (Herbert Klass) succumbed to pancreatic cancer when Bill was young and his mother, Alice Klass, raised her children primarily on her own until her passing at age 92. Dr. Klass graduated early from high school at the age of 16 and received his Bachelor of Science by age 18. Dr. Klass received his MD from the University of Saskatchewan Medical School at the age of 21. William and his family moved to Stayton, Oregon in 1975 from Merritt, British Columbia, Canada, where he served the medical community in Stayton until his retirement in 1999.
Dr. Klass was an avid photographer and enjoyed traveling throughout the world while taking pictures. Among his favorite destinations was Kenya, not only for the fantastic scenery but also for the incredible animal diversity. When not on Safari, Bill's favorite places were the Oregon Coast and Lac Le Jeune, Kamloops, BC, Canada, where he would unwind by spending quality time with his family as well as boating and rainbow trout fishing.
Dr. Klass' professional passions included management of his diabetic and obstetrical patients, and performing anesthesia at Santiam Memorial Hospital while managing his internal medicine patients at the Marian Retirement Center. The last years of his life were spent at Alterra Clare Bridge in Salem. Dr. Klass is survived by children: William "John" Klass of Camas, WA., Catherine (Klass) Stewart of Sydney, Australia, Jennifer Lyn (Klass) Shawn of Portland, and Jordan Douglas Klass of Portland; grandchildren: Xela Anneliese Shawn and Socrates Andrew Shawn of Portland; sister: Joyce Heintz of Dalmeny, Sasketchewan, Canada; and former wife: Nancy Klass Wright of Athena, Oregon. He was preceded in death by wife: Peggy Klass in 2003. Memorial Service will be Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Freres Auditorium at the Santiam Hospital in Stayton. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 19, 2013