Christ KleinChrist Klein, age 85, of Carrington, ND, died Sunday, January 29, 2012, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, ND.
Christ Klein, age 85, of Carrington, ND, died Sunday, January 29, 2012, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, ND.
Christian “Christ” Klein was born on May 1, 1926, the son of Frank and Christina (Ripplinger) Klein at Balta, ND. Christ was raised on a farm near Orrin, ND. He attended school in Sylva, ND, until the 8th grade. Christ continued to farm with his father until he was inducted into the US Navy. He served in WWII from 1945-1946 on the naval vessels USS Gasconade and USS Ajax.
Christ was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Richter on June 7, 1948 at Selz, ND. They first lived and farmed in Orrin, ND. In 1957, they moved to their principal farm by Brantford, ND. They farmed and ranched several hundred head of cattle. Christ was instrumental in developing the Tarentaise breed of cattle and promoting them all over the US. He served on the American Tarentaise Association (ATA) board of directors and for his efforts he was inducted into the ATA Hall of Fame. Christ and Betty purchased the Chieftain Motor Lodge in Carrington in 1974. During all of this time, they raised 11 children who helped and were integrated into the businesses of Farming, Ranching and Motel/Restaurant. In 1993, they sold the Chieftain to their son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Lorie Klein, which is now known as the Chieftain Conference Center.
Christ and Betty retired to Carrington in 1984. His wife, Betty, of 49 years died February 11, 1997. Christ married Ann Striefel (Leismester) on October 20, 1998 at Harvey, ND.
He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, American Legion and VFW.
Christ is survived by his wife, Ann of Harvey; 11 children, Gary (Connie) Klein, Fargo, ND, Carla (Dennis) Hagel, Carrington, Dale (Mary) Klein, Fargo, Mark (Deb) Klein, Fargo, Christy (Paul) Reimer, Carrington, Charmain (Steve) Romanoski, Sheboygan, WI, Carol (Mike) Birkeland, Chandler, AZ, Frank (Lorie) Klein, Carrington, Colleen (Orin) Gedrose, Dallas, TX, Brian (Melody) Klein, Eagan, MN, and Darren (Dawn) Klein, Bennington, NE; 28 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 5 sisters, Beatrice Schall, Fargo, Lorraine Schaefer, Rapid City, SD, Delores Carlo, Seattle, WA, Arlene Schmaltz, Rugby, ND, and Kathy Schwinghammer, Ely, MN; and 4 step-children.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; sister, Eleanor Schall; four brothers, Leo, Henry, Harold, and Jerry; a son, Kallen; a grandson, Neil; a great-granddaughter, Taylor; and one step granddaughter, Rita.
Visitation: Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, ND.
Prayer Service: Thursday, 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington, ND
Funeral Service: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington, ND Friday, February 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Interment: Carrington Cemetery
On-line condolences may be sent at www.EvansFuneralHomeND.com
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