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Larry D. Klein, 80, of Tri Lakes, died peacefully at his home at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014. He had been in failing health.
He was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Albert V. and Margaret Irene (Strebig) Klein.
He spent his formative years in Fort Wayne where he attended St. Patrickâ€™s Elementary and then graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1951. He attended the Purdue University extension in Fort Wayne.
On July 29, 1952, he entered the U.S. Air Force serving in Europe. He was honorably discharged June 29, 1956.
On Nov. 8, 1958, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Hauser. They made their home in Fort Wayne. For the past 46 years, they have lived at Tri Lakes.
He began his work career with Fort Wayne Newspapers as a route manager. He then moved to Rea Magnet Wire, Fort Wayne, where he worked as a sales representative for 26 years. He completed his career with Fay Electric Wire, Chicago, retiring in 2000 with 19 years of service.
An avid Purdue fan, over the years he traveled nationwide and to Hawaii following the football team. A member of the John Purdue Club, he was a 45-year football season ticket holder. After his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling the western United States.
He was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, American Legion Post 499, Fort Wayne and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Fort Wayne
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann; a son, William J. (Joan) Klein of Columbia City; a grandson, Donovan Klein of Columbia City; two step-grandsons, Benjamin Sadilek of Fort Wayne and Brad Sadilek of Columbia City; a sister Margaret (Don) Persing of Fort Wayne.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Albert and James Klein and sisters, Elizabeth Thomas and Alice Spreen.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 315 S. Line St., Columbia City, with Father Gary Sigler the officiant. Burial will be in the South Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the Humane Society of Whitley County or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.