Jan. 6, 1912-Oct. 2, 2013
MARSHALL - Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond Klein, 101, of Marshall will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday with a 4 p.m. Rosary and a 7 p.m. Prayer Service at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.
Ray died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Marshall.
Raymond Michael Klein was born Jan. 6, 1912, to Nicholas and Frances (Wieber) Klein on a farm outside of Richmond; he was the sixth of 10 children. He received the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Richmond. After attending country school, he helped operate the family farm until he enrolled at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. He graduated in 1940 with a degree in apiculture. During the summer of 1940, he took a job with Tanquary Honey Farms in Marshall, hoping it would be the warmest locale of the three opportunities he was offered. In 1943 Ray went to California to assist in the war effort. He worked for Kaiser Shipyards building Liberty ships, as well as drove a San Francisco city bus, transporting sailors to and from Treasure Island Naval Base. During the 1940s, Ray and his brother Eugene "Slim" were well known baseball players for the Marshall A's. In 1950, Ray purchased Tanquary Honey Farms and renamed it Marshall Honey Farms. His lifelong love of beekeeping led to a successful business. In 1951, he established Klein's Honey which is still available today more than 60 years later. On June 14, 1951, he was united in marriage to Cecilia (Haas) Klein in St. James Catholic Church in St. Paul. They made their home in Marshall and were blessed with two children. Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Columbus State Bowling Assn., the Minnesota Honey Producers Assn., the American Beekeeping Federation, and the Lyon County Fair Board. He was a Past Grand Knight, as well as Past President of the KC State Bowling Association and the Minnesota Honey Producers Association. In 2012, as the Marshall Council of the Knights of Columbus celebrated its 100th anniversary, Ray was honored by being selected the Council's Century Knight. Ray enjoyed playing cards at Mike's with his friends, watching baseball, bowling, reading newspapers and spending time with his family. Ray was a great storyteller and loved sharing his life experiences with his grandchildren or anyone willing to listen. He loved pie and being warm, whether it was sitting in a sunny location or by a fire. His faith was very important to him as evidenced by his generous giving of his time, his talent and his treasure. He lived a very grateful life, always being thankful for his blessings.
Survivors include is his children, Stephen (Kay) Klein of Marshall and Rosemary (Mark) Martin of Villa Hills, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Caroline (Rob) Koska, Stephanie, Nicholas, Christian Klein; Jordan, Jacob and Matthew Martin; sister-in-law Rita Klein of Cold Spring; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Cecilia, and siblings, Ed, Alfred, Herbert, Martha, Irene, Estella, Clara, Joseph and Eugene "Slim."
Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Directors