|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1934|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 2005|
Richard "Sleepy" Klein, 71, of Pana died Tuesday, December 27 at 10:25 p.m. in Pana Community Hospital.
He was born February 11, 1934 in Pana, IL, the son of Celeste A. & Ethelyn A. Galvin Klein.
Born in Pana, he was a graduate of Danville Schlarman High School, Class of 1951 and attended University of Georgia and the University of Iowa. Sleepy served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He lived most of his life in Pana except when playing football. He played football in the NFL, AFL and the AFC, from 1958 to 1964 playing for the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Boston Patriots, where he was selected All Pro, and also played for the Oakland Raiders. He owned & operated his own business selling municipal & industrial chemicals. He loved fishing and his family.
Sleepy was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Pana Elks, was one of the founding members of the Pana Quarterback club where he was president for 4 years, NFL Alumni Players Association, Pana Sports Boosters, Rose City Hookers Bass Club, AmVets, and Christian County Board member for 20 years.
He married Marian L. Wolf on February 14, 1956 in Corinth, Mississippi.
Marian survives in Pana, IL along with their children: Terry Klein & wife Charlene, Richard Klein Jr., Jeff Klein & wife Denise, Carole Klein Adams, Suzie Littleton & husband Chuck, and Jenny Spracklen, all of Pana, IL; 25 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; brothers: James Klein and Fritz Klein, Decatur, IL; Mike Klein, Plano, TX; and by his sister: Lynn Connor, Decatur, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerry Klein, O.J. Klein, and Bill Klein.
McCracken - Dean Online
Richard J. "Sleepy" Klein, was an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears (1958-1959) and Dallas Cowboys (1960) of the National Football League. He also played for the Boston Patriots (1961-1962) and the Oakland Raiders (1962 - 1964) of the American Football League. He played his college football for the University of Georgia and the University of Iowa. He was drafted in the 1955 NFL draft in the 29th round. He was an AFL All-Star in 1962.
- in 1964 for Oakland Raiders
- in 1963 for Oakland Raiders
- in 1962 for Boston Patriots
- in 1961 for Boston Patriots
- in 1961 for Pittsburgh Steelers
- in 1960 for Dallas Cowboys
- in 1959 for Chicago Bears
- in 1958 for Chicago Bears
Ethelyn A Galvin Klein (1905 - 1992)
Richard James Klein (1958 - 2010)*
Ormond John Klein (1932 - 2000)*
Richard James Klein (1934 - 2005)
James Klein (1935 - 2014)*
Jerry Klein (1938 - 1958)*
Created by: Rev. Dale Sims
Record added: Dec 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62775538
Added: Mar. 11, 2013