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Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL

OBITUARY

Stephen Douglas Klein

October 15, 1953February 11, 2020

Stephen Douglas Klein, age 66 of Grand Ledge, MI passed away on February 11, 2020 at their home in Florida. Son of Gilbert and Patricia (Sulzbach) Klein, he was born October 15, 1953 in Detroit, MI. Steve graduated from Shrine High School and held two Masters degrees. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years and then served 20 years in the Air National Guard in 127th Security Forces Squadron and Civil Engineering unit. He retired from the Lansing Police Department. He had a love for traveling and visited all 7 Continents. He was very active in both the VFW Post 3293 and American Legion Post 48 in Grand Ledge. He held the position of All American Post Commander for the VFW and was instrumental in the Patriot’s Pen Program. He was also a member of the legendary “Purple Gang” at Shrine High School. He enjoyed football so much that he volunteered to be a football scout for the Ave Maria University Football team.

He is survived by his loving wife Stacy, daughters Alyson Green, Kristy Blewett, son Patrick Klein, five grandchildren, brother Mike Klein, sister-in-law Betsy, sister Kathy Howard, brother-in-law Matt Howard. His parents and his brother Patrick Klein preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11am at St. Michael’s Parish 325 Edwards Street in Grand Ledge, Michigan. The family will have a visitation one hour prior to the service at 10 am. A luncheon will follow the service at the Grand Ledge Country Club 5811 E. St. Joe Hwy. Grand Ledge, MI. 48837.

A Celebration of Life Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home on Marco Island.

Services

29 February

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Michael Parish

325 Edwards Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

29 February

Funeral Service

11:00 am

St. Michael Parish

325 Edwards Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

29 February

Luncheon Immediately Following Funeral Service

The Grand Ledge Country Club

5811 E. St. Joe Highway
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

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  • Celebration of Life Gathering of Family & Friends Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Aaron Smith

February 20, 2020

Steve was always there by my side. We served together stateside and overseas. All the words above is what he was about. Every time I would go to him and he was the one to make it all better or put everything in perspective. He was one of the best!!! He was “Old School” that were missing today. Steve, I learned a lot from you. Always made me happy and brought that needed smile to my face good times and bad. Thank You, you will be missed.

Aaron Smith

Barb HOUGHTELING

February 19, 2020

I worked with Steve at LPD at the old South Precinct. It was some how comforting to know he was on duty for the day. He was always friendly and had great stories to tell. On Friday's, we often were allowed to leave a bit early. Sometimes he would come around and tell the clerical staff we can leave. I appreciated the offer but sometimes I just wanted to finish up what I was working on before I left. If I was still there when he came back into the room, he would say, "I thought I told you to go home. Now that's an ORDER!!" - So I started calling him Sergeant Friday - Well Sergeant Friday, you are home now. Rest in Peace my friend.

Terry McCreanor

February 18, 2020

Steve Klein was a proud and dedicated Marine.
He loved his family and his country. He will be missed by all those who got to know him.
Captain Mc

Linda DohertyWright

February 16, 2020

I was so sadden to hear the news about Steve. I had no idea he was ill. We had many great times together at LPD. He was full of stories and was never at a lost for words. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Daniel O'Connor

February 14, 2020

Steve was my dad's best friend; a lifelong and loyal friend to both my parents. I know he shared a special bond with my mom too, especially because Steve was a proud Marine, just like my Mom's father Grandpa Morey. He spent his life protecting and serving - our nation, the City of Lansing, MI (where he was a police officer), and any one who was lucky enough to cross paths with him. Not only was he a soldier, he was also a scholar of military history, well-read, well-spoken, well-travelled. His storytelling equalled that of my father. Him and my dad could brag about their high school football careers for hours - no doubt football was formative for both he and my father in building the toughness and discipline that contributed to his success in both military and civilian life. He came out to support my family on countless occasions through the various losses we have endured in recent years - notably in my father's passing which was just 3 years ago last week. It was evident that he believed that friendship - really, brotherhood - was a sacred duty. He was old school. Every time he saw me, he would ask me how "my bride" is doing; then remind me that Ashley is "a doll" and how lucky I am to have stumbled into such a catch. He was taken much too soon. Thanks Steve, you will be missed.

Margaret Gallivan

February 14, 2020

We will miss Steve
Glad I knew him

Bob Holden

February 13, 2020

Rest well, my good comrade. You are a champion from the class of OLQM, 1968.

Steven McClean

February 13, 2020

I also worked with Steve at LPD. I enjoyed sharing military stories with Steve, and truly appreciated his willingness to "tell it like it is". He was also a fellow hockey dad, and always spoke with great pride of his children. God bless you my brother.

Steve McClean

Tim Moeggenberg

February 13, 2020

As deeply saddened as I was when the call came from Mickie, a smile appeared on my face as I remembered time spent with Steve. "One-of-a -Kind" sells him short - Steve was a unique combination of bombast and humility; authority and compassion; teacher and student; soldier and diplomat; complex and simple. The lives of everyone whose path he crossed - however briefly or intimately - forever carry his mark. I consider myself blessed to be among them. Godspeed, brave soldier. Your reward in Heaven awaits.

Evelyn McMullen

February 13, 2020

Stacy, Alison & all of Steve's Family & Friends . Our Sincere Sympathy for the loss of Steve ! We enjoyed Steve and his many, many stories & for the way he treated his family & friends! Love , Hugs and Prayers to each of you! Stacy we love you & Allie!

FROM THE FAMILY