Ralph Curtis Klein

Ralph Curtis Klein, 82, of Kirkland, Wash., passed away in the loving arms of his family on Nov. 29, 2009.

He is the son of Esther and Oscar P. Klein and was born on Dec. 15, 1926, in West Bend.

Survivors include his daughters Julie (James) Graham of Kirkland, Wash., Lisa (Donley) Zwart of Kent; son David Klein; brother Richard (Bernadette) Klein of West Bend; and grandchildren Kate and Mac Graham.

Preceded in death by his brother Lloyd Klein and former wife, Andra.

He graduated from West Bend High School, where he was known as “Curt,” and served in the U.S. Army in 1944-45. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1950 and was employed as a sales rep with West Bend Aluminum Co. in the Seattle area prior to initiating a successful real estate business in Issaquah. He loved all sports, excelling in basketball, tennis and golf. An outdoor enthusiast, he was a fly fisherman of boundless enthusiasm, joining his brother Rich and John Hess on many memorable trips. He was as comfortable sailing in the San Juan Islands as he was pulling on his cowboy boots and hat, kicking around with good friend Wayne in the Methow Valley.

He was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Seattle Yacht Club.

The focus of his life was his family. He was a wonderful and loving father. He has a great sense of humor and lived each day to the fullest. There was never a dull moment with dad, that’s for sure. He was both mother and father to us; we love him dearly and will hold him deep in our hearts forever.