Ralph E. Klein, 84 |
Dec. 22, 1931 — Nov. 24, 2016
Ralph E. Klein, 84, of West Bend, found peace Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend.
He was born Dec. 22, 1931, to the late Ervin and Viola (nee Moos) Klein in the town of Scott. In high school, he was known as Buster. He graduated from Random Lake High School in 1949. He honorably served in the U.S. Army. On Aug. 13, 1955, he was united in marriage to Esther Moser at St. Frances Cabrini Parsonage. Ralph worked as an engineer at the Gehl Co. for many years. Ralph and Esther enjoyed traveling together. Ralph was very creative and enjoyed woodworking in his shop. He liked tinkering and one of the projects he was very proud of was a tractor he built. He also enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Ralph had a great sense of humor and was a good storyteller. Ralph was very generous with his hugs. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Those Ralph leaves behind to cherish his memory include his sister, Bernice Garbisch; a brother-in-law, Robert Moser; a sister-in-law, Lucille Janz; and many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Esther Klein; a son, Joseph Klein; brothers-in law, Kenneth Garbisch, Floyd Janz, Paul (Audrey) Moser and Ray (Wylene) Moser; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Moser and Marcella Heller.
A memorial service in remembrance of Ralph will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Myrhum Patten Miller Kietzer Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St., West Bend).
The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Washington County Memorial Park.
A special thank you from the family to the nurses and staff at Horizon Hospice, The Kathy Hospice, and Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home for all their help and care.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Ralph’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.