November 20, 1928 – April 9, 2018
Willard Klein, age 89 of Holland, passed away Monday, April 09, 2018.
Willard was a member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army in Germany from 1951-52. He worked as a maintenance electrician at Sunbeam, and also as custodian at Lombard CRC.
Willard was preceded in death by his parents Garnet and Minnie (Fisher) Klein; sisters Angeline (Henry) Groenboom, Theresa (Henry) Marema, Lucy (Clarence) Evenhouse; brothers Henry Klein, John Klein Garnet Klein; and a nephew Roger Groenboom; In-laws, Aldrich (Winnie) Evenhouse, Dr. Henry (Cynthia) Evenhouse, Edward Evenhouse, and Louise Evenhouse.
He is survived by his wife Karen (Evenhouse) Klein; a son Thomas (Andrea Rediger) Klein; grandchildren Evan Mitchell Klein and Ruby Kate Klein; in laws, Fannie Evenhouse, John (Marcia) Evenhouse, Richard (Georgia) Evenhouse, George (Carol) Evenhouse, James (Carol) Evenhouse; Many extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be 11:00am Thursday, April 12, 2018, at South Olive Christian Reformed Church, 6425 120th Ave., Holland. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4-8pm at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St., Holland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Reformed World Missions
Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Klein family.
- Karen (Evenhouse) Klein, Wife
- Thomas (Andrea Rediger) Klein, Son
- Evan Mitchell klein, Grandchild
- Ruby Kate Klein, Grandchild
- Fannie Evenhouse, In law
- John (Marcia) Evenhouse, In laws
- Richard (Georgia) Evenhouse, In laws
- George (Carol) Evenhouse, In laws
- James (Carol) Evenhouse, In laws
- Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Reformed World Missions
- Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2018
September 27, 2018
My Dear "Uncle" Willard, my Mom Grace Iwema Dinucci's Cousin
I remember going to your and Uncle Willard's house, Karen and I said "This is a beautiful cottage Uncle Willard!" And he replied with his dry sense of humor "It's not a cottage we live here now Carol"
My Mom, Grace would always tell me about all the great fun times with the Klein Boys at the ball games, The Cubs of course! And it goes without saying all the wonderful times we had as a Family in Michigan over the years.
Adding a heart, I love you Uncle Willard,
Ginger Evenhouse Bilthuis
April 10, 2018
The first 20 years of my life were spent in almost daily contact with my extended family. The Kleins were close and cared for each other deeply. I and my sibs and cousins were blessed to be a part of that. As I got older I was allowed to attend some of the "Cousins Weekends" at Karen and Widdy's. And I got to spend an entire February there one year being surrounded by the magnificent and wild Lake Michigan. I still have a cutting from a newspaper about the dangers of bay leaves sent to me by Widdy because I would put a bay leaf in my spaghetti sauce. Also, I messed with him a bit by moving some of his coffee supplies to what I thought was a better arrangement in the kitchen. He did not agree and made sure I knew that! He was as close to pure love and kindness of any person I've ever known.
To Karen, Tom, Andrea, and kids and all of my cousins from the Klein family and all of the Evenhouse family I wish you the solace of good memories.
Carrie Klinge (Evenhouse)
April 9, 2018
Uncle Willard's laminated "seat saved" sign is legendary in our family. Pizza nights are my favorite memory of living in illinois. Love and prayers Aunt Karen and Tom.