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May 6, 1927 - October 10, 2015 Norm Klein passed away Saturday with his wife Shirlee by his side. He was always bigger than life so it's hard to believe his life has ended. He was full of love for his family and friends. He was a kind and generous man behind a tough guy exterior. A native Angeleno, he worked at his parent's Mom and Pop grocery store and served in the Navy during WWII. He was an entrepreneur. He sold milk door to door; sold produce; launched a scrap metal business; bought Norm's Liquor in Panorama City; and owned the Panorama Bowl for 33 years. He treated his customers like friends and his employees like family. His true passion was thoroughbred horse racing. Watching him run to the winners circle when one of his horses won was a sight to behold. And "Mr. K" loved to gamble, at the craps tables or betting on football games, you could hear him across town yelling for his team. Norm met Shirlee (his wife of 67 years) when she was 11. Theirs was an incredible love story. They knew how to live and celebrate life fully and traveled the world, visiting over 60 countries. Norm was all about family. He loved his kids (Marsha, Jeff, Alan and Wendy) and their spouses (Dennis, Karyn and Susie) with an intensity and pride that made each feel special. The only thing he loved as much was his grandkids (David and his wife Kelsey, Julie, Kevyn, Kacey, Kendyl, Evan, Adam and Jamie). He had an individual relationship with each of them, and loved his first great grandson, Calvin. Funeral Services will be at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills on Monday, October 19 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Alzheimers Assn. or City of Hope.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2015
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