Lifelong Meeker resident John Klein died May 11, 2006, at Pioneers Hospital.
Julius John Klein Jr. was born May 25, 1933, in Meeker, the son of Julius John "Jay" and Florence (Hensel) Klein Sr. He attended Meeker public schools, graduating from Meeker High School. Immediately after his graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving his country for four years during the Korean War.
After his discharge, John returned to Meeker where he did surveying work with Wilton Wharton for a short time. He then went to work with the Game and Fish Department at Little Hills, transferring to the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery, where he was employed until his retirement in 1989.
On July 7, 1979, he was united in marriage to Ramona Willey in the backyard of his parents home. The couple enjoyed bowling together for many years and John was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, camping, archery, hunting and woodworking. John and Mona spent many happy moments on their frequent gambling junkets to Mesquite, Las Vegas and other areas.
In addition to his beloved Mona, John is survived by his mother, Florence Klein of Meeker; three sisters, Emma Lou Frisby and her husband Dale of Meeker, Betty Cook and her husband Orie of Craig, and Faye Henderson of Grand Junction; two brothers, Tom Klein of Meeker, and Larry Klein and his wife Sandy of Grand Junction; 16 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews cousins and friends. His father preceded him in death in 1987.
A funeral to celebrate his life is at 10 a.m. Monday, May 15 at the Meeker United Methodist Church. Friends can call Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home or before services at the church. A private family interment service will be held in Highland Cemetery.
Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.