Alois "Al" Klein, age 87, of Stevens Point passed away December 1, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family, and under the care of Ministry Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Al will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday December 6, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish. Rev. Thomas Lindner will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be at the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Friends and family will gather to share memories from 10:00 AM Wednesday until the time of service at the church.
Al was born January 14, 1930 in Stevens Point the son of Frank and Johanna (Grzesiak) Klein. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1947. Al served his country in the United States Army enlisting with the Wisconsin National Guard on January 19, 1948 in Stevens Point. In 1959 he became the communications chief and held that position until becoming first sergeant in September of 1961. He was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis in October of 1961. He took a discharge in October of 1962 but returned to the Guard in 1963 and resumed his position as communications chief. He completed 30 years of service in May of 1978, honors earned include: National Defense Service Medal, Wisconsin National Guard Service Ribbon with 5, 5 year devices, and the Army Commendation Medal.
Al married the love of his life Janice Zdrojewski on April 21, 1951 at St. Peters Catholic Church.
Al was the President and co-owner of Franks Hardware where he worked for 51 years. He started with his father Frank, as a child and in 1956, with his brother John, took over the store and co-ran it until retiring in 1992. Al and Janice's sons took over the operation at that time. After retiring, Al and Jan spent winters in Apache Junction, AZ. Al enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing at Lake Emily, and traveling all over the world.
Al also belonged to various organizations throughout his life. These included 32nd Division Red Arrow Veteran Association, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and the Moose Lodge of Stevens Point,
Al’s family want to also thank the Ministry Hospice staff especially care provided by RN Megan, Champlain Mark and health aide Stephanie.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years: Janice; their 3 sons; Eric (Linda) Klein, Alan (Rita) Klein and Mark Klein. Granddaughters; Sarah (Greg) Duescher and Julie (Harry) Gleason. Grandsons; Richard and Theodore Klein. Great granddaughters; Alexandria Klein and Lillian Gleason. Great grandsons; Jacob and Trevor Gleason. 3 siblings: John Klein; SR Miriam Therese "Ginger" and Margaret "Midge" Drury. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Nicolas, and his 3 sisters: Grace, Zita, and Marie.
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