Kenneth Klein

Klein, Kenneth "Ken" G.

Kenneth "Ken" G. Klein, age 81, formerly of the town of Rome, WI and Menomonee Falls, WI, died Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at his most recent home, Sunrise of Fountain Square in Lombard, IL.

Funeral Services are 11 AM Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Nekoosa, WI. Pastor Dell Rossin will officiate. Burial at Spring Branch Cemetary, the town of Rome, WI, with military rites provided by the Nekoosa VFW Post #5960. Visitation will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday from 10-11 AM. Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa is handling all arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ken was born January 30, 1931 in Brookfield, WI to Erich and Ophelia (Mueller) Klein. He graduated from high school and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Ken served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He owned several businesses throughout his career, including a Coast to Coast Hardware store in Milwaukee, WI and a convenience store called The Hub on the corner of Highway 13 and County Road D in the town of Rome, WI.

Ken married Shirley Ann Paquette in 1962, and they had three children together. Ken and Shirley loved their lake home on Lake Camelot and spent as much time there as they could until they finally retired there. They enjoyed traveling and spending their winters in Sarasota, Florida. Ken was the quintessential handyman who could fix anything with the things he had in his garage or in his pocket. He loved to be around people, he loved helping others, and he loved to make people laugh with his unique sense of humor.

Ken is survived by his three children, Keith (Kelly) Klein of Eden Prairie, MN, Kathy (Dayton) Cantrall of Ixonia, WI, and Janene (Bill) Kuhl of Elmhurst, IL; nine grandchildren, Tim Cantrall, Ellen Klein, Zach Cantrall, Nathan Klein, Sarah Cantrall, Caleb Cantrall, Billy Kuhl, Joey Kuhl, and Michael Kuhl; one sister, Phyllis (Art) Dordel; by his sister in-laws and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, his two parents, his brother, Richard, and his sister, Lois.

Memorials in Ken's name may be designated to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.



Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Nov. 8, 2012