“Everyone, here is a video so that you can get a visual video of my father and my family. My family is celebrating his life and we wish we could celebrate together with so many but this video helps tell his story. I am who I am because of my family. The base, the rock, the foundation was my father! Dad, you keep making an impact because it is an amazing story that should be told.” John Klein
Rudolph Klein was given angel wings on April 15, 2020. His amazing life story came to an end at 91 years of age at Willowcrest Nursing Home in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rudolph was born in West Bend, WI on Sept 11, 1928.
Rudolph’s life story was filled with challenges originating from his intellectual cognitive disabilities. Despite these numerous challenges he was able to raise two children (John Peter Klein (Katie Banach) and Marie Klein) with his loving wife of 46 years Geraldine Klein of Milwaukee, WI. He worked as a farmer until he was 30 and as an orderly assisting patients at St. Camillus Nursing Home in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee for 24 years. He was a devout Catholic who would say his rosary faithfully once, sometimes multiple times a day. He loved sharing stories about his family and 3 grandchildren: Clara Rose Klein(12), Luke John Klein(10), and Lydia Grace Klein(5). He was a lifelong Yankee’s fan who met and shared some moments with the legends in the 1950s.
Given the current times Rudy’s Family will have his burial services at Holy Angels Cemetery in West Bend, WI at 11 am on Friday, April 24th. Due to the fact that Rudolph never attended school and unfortunately could not read, education for his children and grandchildren was his motivation. On Thursday of this week his family learned he had started a post secondary education account for his grandchildren 12 years ago without his son’s knowledge. In Honor of Rudy any memorials received will go towards their education. Please send any memorial donations to Witkowiak Funeral Home addressed to “John Klein”.
Please take the time to watch the lovely eulogy for Rudolph Klein delivered by his son John.