Julius John Klein Jr.
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 following his graduation, he entered the United States Navy, serving his country for four years during the Korean War. Following 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.He was united in marriage to Ramona Willey in the backyard of his parents’ home on July 7, 1979. The couple enjoyed bowling together for many years. John was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, camping, archery, hunting and also enjoyed doing woodworking. John and Mona spent many happy moments on their frequent gambling junkets to Mesquite, Las Vegas and other areas.He is survived by his wife; his mother; sisters Emma Lou (Dale) Frisby, of Meeker, Betty (Orie) Cook, of Craig and Faye Henderson, of Grand Junction; brothers Tom Klein of Meeker and Larry (Sandy) Klein, of Grand Junction, 16 nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. His father preceded him in death in 1987.There will be a funeral service to celebrate his life at 10 a.m. Monday at the Meeker United Methodist Church. Friends can call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home or prior to services at the church. A private family interment service will be held in the Highland Cemetery. Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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