|Posted 2020-07-22 by mhenderson|
|Published in Today's News Herald on Jul. 22, 2020 -|
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -
Roger Klein, 88, died peacefully at home in Lake Havasu City on July
15, 2020. Roger was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota on May 8, 1932 to
Hazel and Andrew Klein.
He moved to California in 1947 where he attended Hollywood High.
During the years, he hitchhiked back and forth from California to
Minnesota. In 1950, just two months shy of graduating high school,
Roger joined the Coast Guard. He would make apple pies for the crew.
One night while out galivanting he met Lois and immediately they were
inseparable and married in Seattle in 1952. After he was honorably
discharged in 1953, Lois and Roger started a family in Los Angeles
County where he worked as a machinist and eventually a programmer in
the space division at North American Rockwell. He knew his way around
a mill. After becoming a widower, Roger met and married Ladonna and in
1987 they retired to Lake Havasu City where they enjoyed golf,
bowling, and joined local fraternal organizations.
Roger had a calm, gentle demeanor, a fantastic laugh, and a deep
appreciation for his friends. He enjoyed simple pleasures like sipping
on Keystone Light, doing crossword puzzles, socializing at the Eagles,
and humming along to Rod Stewart or John Mayer. He looked forward to
road trips to visit family in Montana, Lake Tahoe, and his favorite
place in the world, Pismo Beach.
Roger was lucky to have been married to two wonderful women and was
predeceased in death by Lois and Ladonna. Roger is survived by his
sister Dolores McCann; three children Cathy Wright, Kellie Martin
(Phil), and Robert Klein; and two stepdaughters Christina Casey
(Kevin) and Lisa Matejka (Brian). Roger's legacy lives on in his
grandchildren: Ryan Rogers, Jaime Dwight (Steve), Philip Martin,
Michael Wright, Melissa Casey, Heather Casey, Charisma Matejka, and
Due to the restrictions on travel and social gatherings, a celebration
of Roger's life will be postponed. In the meantime, grab an ice-cold
Keystone, think about your favorite memory of Roger, and cheers to him
in heaven where he is smiling down on everyone.
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