John J. Klein Jr.

May 5, 1921-January 26, 2018

John J. Klein Jr., 96,

Minot, passed away on

Friday, January 26,. 2018

in a Minot assisted living


John J. Klein Jr. was

born on May 5, 1921 in

Karlsruhe, ND, the six of

17 children to John and

Margaret (Lemer) Klein.

He was raised and educat

ed in Karlsruhe. He then

stayed home to assist his

parents with the opera-

tions of the family farm

until he joined the Con-

servation Corps.

John met the love of his

life Regina Wald at a wed-

ding dance; they were un-

ited in marriage on Febru-

ary 5, 1945 at St. Leo the

Great Roman Catholic

Church in Minot. They

made their home in

Drake, ND before moving

to Velva where they

farmed and raised their

eight children. John also

was drove bus for the Vel-

va Public Schools and

was the favorite for many

area children. While in

Velva, he was a member

of St. Cecilia Catholic

Church, and eventually a

member of the Knights of


In 1979, John and Re-

gina moved to Minot.

John was a friend to

many; enjoyed talking to

people and had a sense of

humor that could always

bring laughter to the

conversation. John en-

joyed walking around the

ball diamonds and finding

stray soft balls for his

grandchildren. John and

Regina always had the

coffee pot ready and en-

joyed many coffee dates

in their home with friends

and relatives. He had a

love of music that started

in his younger years

learning to play the accor-

dion. He enjoyed listening

and dancing with waltzes

and polka’s and always

could be found with Regi-

na dancing away at the

KC club or Moose Lodge

on Saturday evenings. To-

gether they enjoyed trav-

eling to see their children

and grandchildren, play-

ing Montana rummy with

Regina and eating her

famous chicken dinners.

John and Regina at-

tended Our Lady of Grace

Catholic Church, where

they lead the rosary at

daily mass.

John is survived by:

Children: Kathy Adams,

Minneapolis, MN, Joe

(Cindy) Klein, Velva, Lar-

ry Klein, Bloomington,

MN, Rita (Carl)

Bachmeier, Maple Grove,

MN, Paulette Frey, Tuc-

son, AZ, Ken (Marilynn)

Klein, Minot, Betty (Jon)

Bailey, Apple Grove, MN

and Wanda (Gary) Reese,

Denver, CO; 17

grandchildren: 27


Siblings; Ted Klein, ,

Allen (Elaine) Klein, Cor-

nelius (Cecilia) Klein, Em-

manuel (Angela), Klein;

Regina Wald, Theresa


John was preceded in

death by: his parents,

wife of 72 years Regina, a

son-in-law Chuck Frey;

sisters Katherina, Christi-

na, Maria, Mathilda;

brothers Pius, Sebastian,

Edward, Alexander and


Visitation: Friday,

February 2, 2018 from 2

until 4 pm at Thompson

Larson Funeral Home,


Vigil Prayer Service:

Friday, February 2, 2018

at 4 pm at Thompson Lar-

son Funeral Home, Minot

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Saturday, February 3,

2018 at 10:30 am at Our

Lady of Grace Catholic

Church, Minot

Burial: Rosehill

Memorial park, Minot