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John W. Klein


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Date: 11/13/2013 at 17:06:08

John W. Klein is Called to Rest

Died Wednesday evening after a few hours illness

At about 11 o’clock Tuesday evening, at his home in this city, John W. Klein closed his eyes upon the scenes of earth. The news of his death Wednesday morning came as a shock to the entire community as he had been around the streets late Tuesday afternoon, and appeared in his usual health and happiness. He was taken with a bad attack of the heart early in the evening and although it was thought by those at his bed side, even up to a short time before his death, that he would recover, it was not so, and he passed peaceful on about 11 o’clock.

Mr. Klein has suffered several bad attacks of the heart in years past and he had been complaining some of the affliction of late, although it did not bother him sufficiently to be noticed by his friends, for he continued to pour out that ray of good cheer and joviality upon all occasions. Only on Thanksgiving night at the event of the formal dedication and house warming of our new school building did Mr. Klein appear om the program, and dispense much of that spirit of good fellowship among his many townsmen and friends, and that ring of jovial laughter will long continue in the ears of those who came in touch with him.

John Winebenner Klein was born on July 6, 1846, at Troy Grove, La Salle county, Illinois and passed away in Spirit Lake on the night of November 20, 1915, at 11 o’clock, aged 69 years, 4 months and 25 days. He spent his early life on the farm in his native state. At the age of fifteen he joined the colors, enlisting in the service of his country at Camp Butler, Illinois, on December 16, 1861.

On January 2, 2864, he was advanced to corporal. He was mustered out July 11, 1865. During the period of nearly three and one half years that he was in the service he saw much fighting, taking part in fifty-six battles. He was one of those noble fellows who marched with Sherman to the sea, and was also in that historical battle of Kenesaw Mountain. Following the closing of the Civil War he moved with his parents to Grundy county, Iowa, where he resided until 1881 when he located in Dickinson county.

He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. Freed, at Eldora, Iowa, on December 10, 1867. To this marriage eight children were born, six of whom are living and residing in this community, namely, Mrs. Gilbert, Mrs. C. B. Hill, and Mrs. W. E. Peterson, and Russell, R. F. and Judson Klein. One child died in infancy and one of the age of 16 years.

Mr. Klein’s father was a preacher and farmer. At the age of seventeen he was converted and united with the Church of God and has always remained a most faithful and steadfast member. At many different intervals during his life he has filled a pastor’s charge in the work for his master.
Upon locating in Dickinson county he settled on what is known as the John Gilbert farm in Tusculum. After living there for a period of two years he moved to the Klein home, which was home until last fall when he moved to Spirit Lake.

Besides his immediate family he leaves two brothers and three sisters, Judson Klein, of Topeka, Kansas, Lincoln Klein, of Chanute, Kansas, Mrs. Lizzie Rhodes, of George, Iowa, Mrs. Jose Hasbrook, of Grundy Center, Iowa, and Mrs. Fred Hess, of Conrad, Iowa, together with a number of grandchildren, and many, many friends, whose hearts today bear sadness, and whose sincerest sympathies go out to the bereaved family.

Rev. S. H Turbeville assisted by Rev. E. T. Gerkin, Rev. F. H. Gamel, and Rev. Fogg, conducted the funeral services in the M. E. church this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

The members of the Grand Army of Republic, I.O.O.F and Rebekah Lodges and the W.C.T.U. attended the services in a body.

No source given.


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