Richard Michael Klein – Jefferson, formerly of Manchester

Richard Michael Klein, 67, of Jefferson, Iowa, formerly of Manchester, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, surrounded by family. Rick was born July 9, 1951, in Manchester, the first of seven children born to Raymond M. and Beverly A. (Ungs) Klein.

Rick attended St. Mary School and then graduated from West Delaware High School in 1969.  He was married to Susan Schlee on August 1, 1970. They had two daughters, Aimee Klein and Abby (Joshua) Wilcox.

Rick loved listening to music and playing bass guitar. He had a beautiful voice and enjoyed performing, playing in bands throughout his life. Rick loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, bowhunting, trapping, and spending weekends camping with his family. He also loved telling jokes.

Rick and his family lived in Manchester until 1984 when they moved to Belle Plaine, Iowa. In 1985 they moved to Decorah where he was the proud owner/manager of Decorah Bumper to Bumper.  He spent 10 years in the west with his family, but moved back to Iowa in 2006. Rick worked as Purchasing Manager/Materials Director at Scranton Mfg. Co. until his passing.

Survivors include his children, Aimee Klein of Decorah and Abby (Joshua) Wilcox of Stewartville, Minnesota; his grandchildren, Blake and Kaija Klein of Decorah; his mother, Beverly Klein of Manchester; his siblings, Rob Klein, Mark (Janet) Klein, Kim (Bart) Haigh, and Kari (Jerry) Clute. Rick is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Klein, Jr.; his maternal and paternal grandparents; his sister, Mary Lee Olson; and his brother, Kevin Klein.

He was a loving man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Mass of Christian Burial:  11:00 a.m., on Monday, October 8, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating.

Visitation: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., on Monday, October 8, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.

Inurnment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery – Manchester, Iowa

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.