Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Richard Klein of Watkins died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. He was 88.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Rev. John Brunner and Rev. Richard Gross officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, and from 9-10 a.m. Monday, at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Watkins Senior Citizens will pray a rosary at 4 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home followed by parish prayers at 5 p.m., and Legion Post 453 prayers at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.
Richard N. Klein was born June 18, 1923, in Watkins to Frank and Anna (Oster) Klein. As a young man, Richard enjoyed fishing with his dad. As an adult, he enjoyed fishing with his friend Martin. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked as a cheese maker at the Watkins Creamery for many years. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Watkins American Legion Post 453.
Richard enjoyed spending time with his beloved Kitty, visiting with friends, watching the Minnesota Twins, playing bingo and listening to polka music. During his younger years he could be found playing his organ. As he grew older, he enjoyed listening to others play the organ for him. Richard will be remembered most for his appreciation of life and of everyone around him.
The last months of his life he resided at Hilltop Care Center. He was proud to call Hilltop his home. He continued to enjoy bingo and many activities. He loved Kitty's presence at Hilltop, this gave him peace and comfort. He also enjoyed sharing Kitty with others.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Earl.
He is survived by his brother Adrian (and Lorraine) Klein, of Watkins; cousin Loren (and Shirley) Brown of St. Cloud; his cat Kitty; and special friends Dennis and Deb Libbesmeier of Watkins and their children Jill, Mandy, and Patrick.
Thank you to Hilltop Care Center and Rice Hospice for the wonderful care provided for Richard. He enjoyed his time with all and always spoke of how much he appreciated his care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Tri-County Humane Society.