Earl Klein
Sept. 27, 1936 - May 20, 2016
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
11:30 am
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
54 E. Main Street
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Earl Klein
Chilton, WI

Earl Klein, age 79, of Chilton, passed away peacefully on May 20th, 2016. He was born September 27, 1936 to Catherine (Gerlach) & Peter Klein. He graduated from Random Lake High School in 1954. He served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956 and took part in three live atomic bomb tests at Yucca Flats, Nevada. Earl married the love of his life, Irene Ann Studeman on September 8, 1956 at St. John the Baptist, Plymouth. He farmed near the St. Anna area for 25 years, and worked at Vinyl Plastics, Vollrath, Tecumseh Products & Chilton Plating.

Earl was known for his love of football, his woodworking, his sense of humor, and his gift of gab, all of which he passed down to his family. He also enjoyed reading, going to the casinos, and traveling; especially to Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. He was also well-known for his love of dancing. His final wish before he passed was to be around in November to vote against Donald Trump.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; his five children, Carolyn Klein and partner Walter (Appleton), Earl (Judy) Klein, St. Cloud, Irene Evans, Shiprock, New Mexico, Mary Schisel, Kiel, and Mike Klein, Sheboygan Falls; 11 grandchildren, Alex McNeely, Tony, Steve and Jennifer Klein, Jessy Carlson, Lee Evans, Danny, Connie, Michael and Christina Schisel, and Stephanie Klein; and 7 great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Blake, Dylan, Isabelle, Autumn, Ethan, and Emma. Earl is also survived by 4 sisters and 2 brothers; Eunice Baker, Marie Michaels, Pauline Huibregtse, Janice Merkel, Dennis Klein, and Keith Klein.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Catherine Klein and a brother, Peter Klein.

Funeral Services will be at 11:30am on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main Street) in Chilton with the Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating. Friends may call at Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main Street) in Chilton from 9:30am to 11:00am on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, Earl would appreciate a donation to Good Shepherd Parish in Chilton, WI.

Earl’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Fr. Bob Kollath, Fr. Ryan Krueger, Deacon Dennis Bennin, the entire staff of St. Elizabeth Hospital, and Calumet County Home Health Care and Hospice for the care and compassion shown to him and his family.

You can shed tears that he is gone

Or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back

Or you can open your eyes and see all that he’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him

Or you can be full of the love that you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live in yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow, because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he’s gone or you

Can cherish his memory and let it life on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back

Or you can do what he’d want: SMILE, OPEN YOUR EYES, LOVE

Our sympathy Irene and family. Earl and Art peeled a lot of potatoes for dinners. May he rest in peace.

Art and Joyce Kopf - May 23, 2016

Irene & family - may you find peace & comfort in the love & support of family & friends. Our deepest sympathies to all of you.

Mary Jo Weber - May 23, 2016

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You have my sympathies.

Dave Schneider ((teamate of Earl & classmate and friend of Mary)) - May 23, 2016

Uncle Earl , you were a good man who did good work. May the Almighty, God, Our Creator bring you new and greater level of conscientiousness. Among my best memories as a young kid was visiting my Uncle Earl, Aunt Irene and cousins. Your smile and good nature will be missed.

Peter E. Klein (Nephew) - May 21, 2016

My wife Judith and I grieve the loss of my neighbor for almost 30 years (Judith for 16 plus) -- someone who was always ready to lend us a very able hand in fixing a few things in the house, in letting us borrow the lawnmower, and in talking politics and other subjects. We hope to imitate Earl's fighting spirit in coping with health problems once we encounter them ourselves. In the meantime, we hope to have his wonderful spouse Irene as our neighbor for years to come.

Ray Mueller (Next Door Neighbor) - May 21, 2016

Earl and family, Sending my deepest sympathy for your loss. Cherish the memories!

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - May 20, 2016

Uncle Earl has left us heartwarming memories and life stories that will always be remembered. I cherish my own of Uncle Earl and Aunt Irene babysitting me on the farm; the hours of family history and stories he happily retold. To the go-cart ride with you and cousin Mike at Alicia's wedding... and just 2 days ago the laughter and jokes that you, Gramma Baker, Aunt Irene and myself all shared. You have left my heart full.

Nicole (Baker) Aviña (Niece) - May 20, 2016

Enter Your MemoryIrene and family, so sorry to hear of Earl's passing will miss the conversations over the backyard fence with both of you. Sending our love and condolences to all and may he finally be at peace. So sorry he won't be able to vote against Donald but I will for him!

Enter Your NameJoe & Jane Barany (Enter RelationshipNeighbors) - May 20, 2016

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