Deacon Eugene C. ""Gene"" Klein, 85, Valley City, ND died peacefully at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City on June 25, 2020. The funeral mass for Gene will be celebrated on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:30AM in St. Catherine Catholic Church, Valley City. The wake will be held at St. Catherine Church as well beginning at 7:00PM, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, with public visitation starting at 5:00PM. He will be laid to rest at St. Catherine's Cemetery. Guidelines regarding Covid-19 will be followed at the mass, visitation, and wake.
Gene was born on September 4, 1934 in Jamestown ND to George and Anna (Fiedler) Klein- the 7th of seven sons. He attended Eckelson High School and UND where he received a Master's degree in chemistry. He considered Pre-Med, but decided to farm near Eckelson, ND. He served in the Army from 1958-1960. On October 20, 1966, Gene married Dorothy (Ford) Diemert. With this union, he gained an immediate family of 4 children. He continued to farm while the family lived in Valley City.
Gene had a strong faith and was a very active member of St. Catherine Catholic Church. In 1988, he was ordained a permanent Deacon for the Fargo Diocese and along with his wife worked with engaged couples and couples with hurting marriages. For many years Gene used his gift of teaching for Confirmation Preparation and leading Bible Studies. He had many fond memories as an active Associate Member of the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation at Maryvale. As a strong supporter of St. Catherine School, Gene was a board member and involved in the REACH organization which helps support it. He was also instrumental in the establishment of St. Catherine Kindergarten.
He had many interests and talents which he generously shard with his family, friends and community. He was meticulous about everything he did. Due to his strong interest in horticulture, he was an avid gardener, sharing the fruits of his labor with many. He sang with the Valley Troubadours and at countless funerals. He was involved with the Barnes County Soil Conservation District for many years and was a candidate for ND House of Representatives. Gene always looked forward to working as a steady volunteer at the Barnes County Museum and Nearly-Nu Consignment Store, which were a good fit for his social nature. Gene enjoyed going to auctions and buying old furniture that he refinished and donated to charitable auctions. He enjoyed singing with his wife as she played the piano and also loved his cat Bow, who was his nap buddy.
Gene is survived by daughter, Corlee (Michael) Fink; son, Steven Diemert; brother, Robert Klein and many sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews from the Klein, Ford, and Diemert sides of the family.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Rob and Rick Diemert; brothers, Louis, Vernon, Cliff, Don, and Jim; and brothers-in-law, Ken and Don Ford.
For their tremendous and compassionate care of Gene, a special thank you goes out to nurses and staff at Sheyenne Care Center, his doctors, and Hospice Care.
In lieu flowers of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made to St. Catherine's Church REACH (524 3rd Ave NE, Valley City, ND).
Lerud Mathias Funeral Home is assisting Gene's family with arrangements. An online guestbook and tribute page can be found at www.lerudschuldt.com.
The funeral service will be recorded and able to be viewed here as well.