C. Gene Klein, age 85 of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at his home. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 4, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, April 3, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.
Gene is survived by his children, Connie Brown of Brooklyn, Alan Klein (Mary) of Ladora, Kevin Klein (Barb) of Urbandale and Kristina Loschen (Rick) of Brooklyn; his grandchildren, Shannon Garringer of Brooklyn, Will Brown of Ames, Carrie Steinmetz (Matt) of Victor, Jennifer Boyer (Matt) of Pasco, WA, Dustin Klein of Des Moines, Kelsey Klein of Urbandale, Aaron Anderson of Des Moines, Amber Anderson of Colorado, Sarissa Riedel of Brooklyn, Scott Riedel (Emily) of Hartwick, Christian Loschen of Brooklyn, and Camdon Loschen of Brooklyn; great-grandchildren, Taelyn and Haeley Garringer, John and Brian Steinmetz, Kymber and Kamden Boyer, Rayne and Canyon Kelso and Lilly Riedel. Also surviving are siblings, Marvin (Carol) Klein of Brooklyn, Ivan (Donna) Klein of Montezuma, Doris Schaffer of Reinbeck, and Eileen (Richard) Maxwell of Jacksonville, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Theresa, a sister Margie Youkey, a brother Ronald, and a grandson Tim Brown.
Christian Gene Klein was born June 11, 1929 in Luzerne, Iowa, the son of Christian Klein and Effie Share Klein. He graduated from Ladora High School and married Theresa Marie Roth on December 25, 1951. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Korea. Upon his return to the states, Gene farmed and worked at the Brooklyn Creamery, and the Sinclair Gas Station, which he later purchased. He also worked at Amana Refrigeration, retiring from there in the late 1980’s. He enjoyed tinkering in his shop, fishing and camping, and Sunday suppers with his girls. He enjoyed caring for a small garden, and raising roses. He also collected eagles.
Gene was a member of the Brooklyn 80 Coffee Club and the American Legion Post 294.