WASHINGTON – Wesley W. Klein, 84, died at 1:30 a.m Monday, April 7, 2008, at Snyder Village in Metamora.
Born Oct. 19, 1923, in Metamora to Michael and Sophia Knoblauch Klein, he married Dolores L. Noll on June 8, 1946, in Metamora. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Terry (Joyce) Klein and Rick (Danette) Klein both of Washington; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Waverley Thomas of Indianapolis, Ind.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harlan and Cletus Klein; three sisters, Thelma Zoss, Shirley Whittington and Roberta Stickelmaier.
He served in the Army during World War II in the 27th New York Infantry Division.
During his service from Feb. 15, 1943, to Nov, 15, 1945, he received three Bronze Battle Stars and a Citation for Heroic Achievement.
He was a driver for Supreme Dairy and Minonk Dairy during the 1940s and 1950s, and then worked for Sprinkmann & Sons Insulation in Peoria as a driver for more than 20 years.
He owned and operated Klein’s Cycle in Washington. He last worked as a custodian for Washington Community High School for 16 years.
He received the WCHS Pride of the Panthers Award Sept. 21, 2001.
He was a member of the VFW Post 9016 in Washington and the American Legion in Metamora, the Knights of Columbus, Fr. John Menco Council 6707 in Washington, and the Teamsters Local 627.
He was also a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington.
Services were Friday, April 11 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph P. Donton will officiate.
Visitation was April 10 at Deiters Funeral Home in Washington. Additional visitation was one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Metamora, where military rites will be accorded by the Tazewell Military Rites Team.
Memorials may be made to the Wesley Klein Memorial for the WCHS Athletic Department.
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