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Covell Funeral Home

312 Pine Street, Elk Rapids, MI

OBITUARY

Paul Ernest Klein

July 25, 1942February 23, 2020

On February 23, 2020, Paul Ernest Klein passed away peacefully at his beloved cottage on Bass Lake in Elk Rapids with his loving wife at his side.

Paul was born July 25, 1942 in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. When he was eight, the family moved to Traverse City where he graduated from Traverse City High School in 1960. He joined the Army in February 1961, where he served as an M.P. in Quantico, Virginia and South Korea. After discharge from the Army, he joined the Lansing Police Department in 1964, reaching the rank of Detective before he retired in 1989. In 2003, he and Pam moved north, splitting their time between their home in Kewadin and their cottage in Elk Rapids.

Paul was a friend to all and kept everyone laughing with his amazing sense of humor. He was a talented artist and excelled at pen and ink drawings and fish carving. He could build or repair most anything asked of him. When he took a break, you could find him fishing on Bass Lake. Hockey was Paul's first love, he played on leagues in Lansing and Traverse City until his health prohibited skating.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pam; a sister, Suellen Kennedy of Pittsboro, North Carolina; nephews, Bill (Holly) Kennedy of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Arizona. Also surviving are his great niece, Grace Kennedy; and his Goddaughter, Emily Rapp Richards and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ivah Klein, and most recently, his loving 4-legged companion, Indy Anna.

Paul has requested a celebration of life be held in warmer weather. Accordingly, two celebrations will be held in early summer, one in Elk Rapids and one in Lansing. Notification will be on Facebook.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Heartland Hospice Care, 4020 Copper View, Suite 113, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Arrangements are in the care of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids.

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Don and Cathy Schneider

March 18, 2020

We had many laughs and good times with Paul, he could liven up an entire room with his stories and antics. He will be remembered and missed by many.

Howard Clevenger

February 29, 2020

To Pam and family our sincere condolences. I first met Paul in recruit school in 1964. We became friends there and created memories over the years that I will always remember. My brother Ron and I visited Paul and Pam in September and we took Paul to the Brothers Of The Hammer motorcycle cub 50yr reunion in Mancelona. We shared many laughs and stories.
Thanks for the memories. RIP brother.
Howard and Angie

Kari Hodge

February 29, 2020

Not sure how I'm going to get through writing this...but here it goes. My childhood was filled with Uncle Paul. From fishing, to tea parties, playing with dolls, to hockey, the dip ship, to being there for our family when my Dad died, Uncle Paul was always there. Even after they moved to Elk Rapids, I knew Uncle Paul was always there. I will never forget the laughs, the tears the memories, the lessons and the love. I can't imagine the reunion in heaven 6 days ago! Give my Dad a hug for me! Next time I see you both, you don't have to pay me to bring you the beer from the fridge, instead drop the nickels from heaven so I know you're near. I love you Uncle Paul, and will carry you in my heart until we meet again.

Karen Hockstad

February 28, 2020

It’s hard to share all of our memories. So many. Every visit to Elk Rapids meant hanging out with Paul. Tooling around Bass Lake in his boat. He was driving the boat when Briggs fell overboard. We shared laughs, love and even coffee cans! So loved Paul and the whole family. We will miss seeing him but know his sense of humor will be a part of us always. Love to Pam, Sue, Bill, John and Grace.

Karen and Jimi

Bill Burtch

February 25, 2020

I just remember Paul as being a real cool guy. Looked sharp in anything he wore uniform or plain clothes. So sorry Pam and family for Paul's passing may he rest in peace.

Mary Aveiro

February 24, 2020

One more memory of how generous a friend Paul was. One day he dropped me off at home and saw my sister Marilynn's car-she had been very busy at work and it was neglected. That Saturday he and Jim Rapp showed up and spent two hours cleaning her car. Paul was just a super fun loving guy.

Ken and Katie Wiezorek

February 24, 2020

PAM, WE ARE SO SORRY ABOUT PAUL. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER FROM THE FIRST DAY OF RECRUIT SCHOOL AT LPD FOR THE NEXT 25+ YEARS ALL THE GREAT TIMES WITH YOU AND PAUL. HE WAS A TRUE FRIEND.
ALL OF OUR LOVE, KEN AND KATIE WIEZOREK

Ron & Sandy Middaugh

February 24, 2020

Pam, it is with great sadness that we received this news. There are so many good memories of you and Paul and the good times we had together. We will always remember him with great affection for a man so vastly talented, on so many levels. His artistic talents were impeccable, but most of all, his wonderful, contagious sense of humor. R.I.P. my friend.

Jeffrey Aveiro Aveiro

February 24, 2020

Mary was a good friend of Paul and so when I decided to ask Mary Slade for her hand, I went over to Paul and Pam's house in Eaton Rapids for his permission and that night he gave me permission plus he got me drunker than a skunk. There are many memories of course but the one quality that I remember of him he was a loyal friend. Rest in peace, my friend. Jeff Aveiro

Mary Aveiro

February 24, 2020

Paul was a very dear friend whom I rode back and forth to work with for years. He was there for me many times in my life. He had a great sense of humor. I knew when he and Pam started dating she was destined to be his wife just the way he talked about her and looked at her. My funny story I gave Paul a ride home and he told me something was eating his tomato plants-I said tomato worms-he had never heard of them and asked me to show him one. Out in the garden along comes Pam from the house with fluffy slippers on-I found a tomato worm and threw it on the ground-before I could stop Pam she squashed it with her slipper green slime everywhere. I love you Pam-hang in there!

FROM THE FAMILY