Jerome “Ome” F. Klein

Date posted - September 7, 2013

Klein, JeromeJerome F. Klein, age 80, of Sheldon and formerly of Hospers, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa.

His services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Fr. Allan A. Reicks ~ officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Hospers, Iowa with flag presentation by the Hospers American Legion Reuter Post #423.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 10, 2013 after 4:00 P.M. with the Family present from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa. A Christian Wake Service will be at 7:00 P.M. with a Parish Rosary to follow.

The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

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Jerome “Ome” Frank Klein was born on October 28, 1932 in Hospers, Iowa to Peter and Mithilda (Robinet) Klein. He received his education at St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Hospers, Iowa. After finishing school he lived with his parents and helped them with the farming, he also worked for Joe Pohlen until 1954. In 1956, he joined the United States Army and served 1 year in Germany. After his discharge from the service Ome returned home and worked for local farmers. On June 27, 1959 he was united in marriage to Rita Graff at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers, Iowa. Jerome started to farm on his own in 1959 until 1969, when he went to work for Packerland. He worked there until his retirement in 1998. But then worked for B&B Poultry in Hospers until 2009 when he fully retired due to his health. Jerome passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa, reaching the age of 80 years, 10 months and 10 days.

Ome was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon. He enjoyed Flea Marketing and watching Animal Planet on TV. He loved all animals especially his cats and his dog, Lexie.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rita of Sheldon; and their children, Karen (Allen) Reekers of Alton, IA; Rick (Lisa) Klein of Sheldon, IA; Terry (Judy) Klein of Sheldon, IA; Gregg (Gloria) Klein of Albuquerque, NM; Todd Klein of Burlington, IA; Ted Klein of Sheldon, IA; Mick (Kim) Klein of Ashton, IA; Gayla (Jim) Clark of Sheldon, IA; 24 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchild, a brother, Jerry Klein of Hospers, IA; two sisters, Rosella (Gerald) Croatt of Sioux Center, IA; Esther Goergen of Sanborn, IA and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Ome was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Arnold Klein and a brother, Raymon in infancy; two sisters, Francis Schnurr and a sister, Savina in infancy, a sister-in-law, Margaret Klein, and three brothers-in-law, Ray Schnurr, Melvin Plathe and Leo Goergen.


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