George Louis Klein

George Klein, age 67, of Independence, MO, formerly of Eckelson, ND died Wednesday, September 26th in Independence, MO. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 4th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sanborn, ND. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church in Sanborn. Inurnment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Sanborn, ND.

George Louis Klein, the son of Louis and Berniece (Albright) Klein, was born November 4, 1944 in Jamestown, ND. George grew up in the Eckelson, ND area and graduated from Eckelson High School in 1962. After his graduation, George enlisted in the US Army on July 23, 1962. He served his country in Vietnam as a Staff Sergeant and was a crew chief of a helicopter. George was shot down and was wounded, and was later Honorably Discharged on April 7, 1967. George was decorated by General Westmoreland with the Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Medal with 15 Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Aircraft Crewman Badge. After his military service, George returned to live in Independence, MO where he was an over the road truck driver for many years.

George is survived by his five children, Robert (Vicki) Klein, Sheryl (Brian) Adcock, Sheila (Dennis) Firth, Eric Chedester and Jarrod (Amber) Klein; seven grandchildren, Brandy Klein, Traves Klein, Angel Miller, Shyanne Adcock, Jaxson Klein, Jordan Klein and Jett Klein; five great-grandchildren, Reily Cabana, Conner Cabana, Tailynn Klein, Jayce Klein and Gaven Klein; two brothers, Gordon (Janice) Klein, Eckelson, ND and Richard (Linda) Klein, Grand Forks, ND; one sister, Leann (Larry) Christensen, Spirtwood, ND; one nephew, Jeff (Paula) Klein, Fargo, ND; two nieces, Jessica Klein, Fargo, ND and Kelly Klein, Valley City, ND.
George was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one nephew.
Funeral arrangements by the Lerud Schuldt Funeral Home of Valley City, ND. Online guestbook available at