Elmer Leon Klein left his earthly home on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at 93 years old. He joined the love of his life, Betty Jean Polk Klein who preceded him in death just a few short weeks earlier. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Edward George and Lela Amanda Hughes Klein, his brother Calvin Klein, sisters Marie Graham and Clara Fawver. His granddaughter Nicole Hawkins Smith and son in law Joe Schantz.
He is survived by his brothers, Arthur Klein of Butler, OK and Griffie and wife Wanda Klein of Wichita, KS, children Randy and wife Karen of Forney TX, Terry and wife Donna of Tulsa, OK and Belinda Sue Schantz of OKC. Eight grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
He was born on January 11th, 1928 fourteen miles north of Butler, OK. He was the 4th child of six and attended Prairie Star, New Home. He graduated from Butler High School in 1946 and left to serve in the United States Army the day following graduation. He served for eighteen months from May of 1946 through November of 1947 in Okinawa and the Philippines.
Upon returning home, Lee farmed for about a year north of Butler. Then on July 25th, 1948 Lee married his schoolmate and lifelong love, Betty Jean Polk. They made their home east of Butler where their two sons were born; Randy on Dec 5th1950 and Terry on Aug 7th 1952. Because of severe drought they sold their cattle and moved to Butler for a short time. Unable to make ends meet, they courageously decided to move to the big city in 1957. There they joined Sinclair Baptist Church, (now known as Heavenly Heights). They purchased a home on Joe’s Dr in Valley Brook where their daughter Belinda Sue was born on July 3rd, 1959.
Lee was a faithful worker. He worked at four different filling stations and at Lumberman’s Supply until landing a position at Tinker Air Force Base in 1960. His jobs included PCAM Operator, Computers, and Computer Operator Supervisor. Lee retired from Tinker in 1991. His hardworking nature could also be found in his church service. He was ordained as deacon at First Baptist Church in Butler in 1953 and his faithful service continued to his new church home in Sinclair Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. He was a handyman, volunteer, woodworker, skilled maintenance provider among many other roles to serve his church faithfully.
Lee enjoyed many activities including bowling, dominos, cards, fishing, basketball and football games, any new gadget on the market, woodworking, and being with his kids and grandkids.
He was always willing to lend a helping hand. From mowing his neighbor’s yards to finishing up a quilt for his sweet wife, Lee was there. He could fix any type of appliance, make a perfect batch of peanut brittle and he could make a delicious bag of popcorn.
Lee was a go to man for friends, family, neighbors and church members. He had a servant’s heart and was always ready to help anyone in need.
Lee did not shy away from sharing his opinions on church, politics, how he felt about losing a card game or what he thought about a certain hairstyle. He could always find a reason to smile, even in the midst of suffering. He was adored by his children and will be sorely missed.