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Leo Klein


Rock Valley, IA: Leo J. Klein, 73, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the VA Health Care System in St. Cloud, Minnesota of a lengthy illness with Parkinson’s disease. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, January 26, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Rock Valley with Father Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation will be held prior to mass, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Leo Joseph Klein, son of Loyd and Viola (Schemmer) Klein, was born September 30, 1943 at Rock Valley, Iowa. Leo graduated from Rock Valley High School, class of 1961. He went on to attend St. Gregory’s College, Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he was a letterman in golf and baseball, and he received an associate’s degree. He left there and attended Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. From there he attended the University of South Dakota. At this time he entered the United States Navy on the buddy’s program with 3 friends from Rock Valley. He spent 4 years on board the USS Washburn, stationed in Vietnam and later in Guam and San Diego, California. After his service, he finished his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and received a Master’s Degree from South Dakota State University. He spent the next several years teaching in South Dakota and Minnesota He spent the next five years with the Department of Defense in Germany teaching school. When he returned to the states he worked with the Department of Immigration as an Adjudication Officer. In his free time, Leo enjoyed being with friends and playing golf at the Rock Valley Golf Course where his family was an original member.

Leo is survived by his three brothers, David Klein of Condon, Oregon, Harlan Klein of Barnes, Wisconsin, and Kenneth Klein and his wife Kathleen “Kitti” of Metairie, Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Viola.


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM ,Thursday, January 26, 2017
St. Mary's Catholic Church
1821 14th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM ,Thursday, January 26, 2017
St. Mary's Catholic Church
1821 14th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

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To Ken, Dave, Harlan.

l'm so sorry to learn about Leo's passing, it's to early in life for this to happen, but he is in heaven with the Lord and a lot happier there cracking jokes. We are in Tucson Az so we will not be able to be at the funeral but our hearts are with you all.

Con & Orlene

Conrad&Orlene Van Zee Jan 22 2017 12:00 AM

I remember Leo's tricks and sense of humor.

Condolences to the Klein family and all of his friends.

Eloise & Kenn Hamann Jan 22 2017 12:00 AM

I grew up with the Klein's. I remember David continually getting me in trouble. His father and my father were buddies in the fight for our freedom during WWII. God Bless his soul.

James Vugteveen Jan 19 2017 12:00 AM


Ron & Ginny Chenault Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM

Please be encouraged

For I well know what I am thinking toward you, declares Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope

Jeremiah 29:11

C.H Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM