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Douglas Arthur Klein
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1948
Hutchinson County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 2011
Sioux Falls
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA

Douglas A. Klein, 63, of rural Brandon, died Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Sanford USD Medical Center after a courageous six-month battle with cancer. Services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Brandon Lutheran Church with burial at Brandon Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation begins at 12:00 PM Monday, Dec. 12 at George Boom Funeral Chapel in Brandon, where the family will greet friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Douglas Arthur Klein, son of Art and Mary (Breen) Klein, was born September 30, 1948 in Parkston, SD. The oldest of seven children, Doug was raised on the family farm near Armour, SD. He graduated from Armour High School in 1966.

Doug enlisted in the U.S. Navy on October 10, 1967. He served on the USS Mansfield during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge on February 10, 1971 at Long Beach, CA, he returned to South Dakota and attended South Dakota State University. Doug continued to serve his country in with the South Dakota Air National Guard until retiring on June 29, 1994.

While at SDSU, Doug met Debora Peterson. Doug and Deb were united in marriage on June 5, 1972 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple raised three children together. Doug served as a firefighter for the Sioux Falls Fire Department for 28 years before retiring in 2004. Following retirement, Doug spent the last seven years of his life farming northeast of Sioux Falls, fulfilling his true calling and lifelong dream.

Doug died after a six-month battle with cancer. During this time, he inspired those around him with his courage against an unbeatable disease.

Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife of 39 years, Deb; three children, Jason Klein and his wife, Jennifer, Sioux Falls, SD, Jessica Simonson and her husband, Bill, Roslyn, SD, Andrew Klein, Riviera Beach, FL; nine grandchildren, Elijah, Samuel, Elizabeth and Gabriella Klein, Alexandra, Sydney, Courtney, Silas and Quinn Simonson; his step-mother, Opal Klein, Sand Springs, OK; six siblings, Larry Klein and his wife, Vanna, AZ, Dennis Klein and his wife, Lynn, Milford, IA, Dianne Wright, Mitchell, SD, Emily Somsen, Pierre, SD, Julie Klein, AZ, Nancy Klein; many nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents.
Family links: 
  Arthur Klein (1923 - 2001)
  Mary Elizabeth Breen Klein (1928 - 1986)
Brandon Cemetery
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
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Record added: Apr 13, 2012
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Douglas Arthur Klein
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Douglas Arthur Klein
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- Deborah Ridgway
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