OBITUARY

John Robert "Johnny Rock" Klein

April 27, 1966March 26, 2019
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John was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Sharon (Wolf) Klein.

John will be deeply missed by his children, Samantha (Jason) Rude, Chanda Klein, and Dillon Klein; sister, Crystal Klein; and many cousins, relatives, and friends.

A gathering will be held at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Ave, St. Paul, on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 2pm-5pm, with a time of memory sharing beginning at 4pm.

Reception will immediately follow at American Legion, 1129 Arcade St., St. Paul.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Memory Sharing Saturday, March 30, 2019
REMEMBERING

John Robert "Johnny Rock" Klein

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Kathie Lallier

April 3, 2019

Johnny will truly be missed. I remember his ever lasting smile. I had the opportunity to work with Johnny at Nite Times and in his karaoke business as well as spend some fun times eating and drinking with him throughout the years. He was inspiring and innovative. I don’t ever recall him being angry. When a problem arose, he found a solution. My thoughts and prayers to Johnny’s family and many friends.

Ed Erickson

March 28, 2019

John was the kind of person who you always looked forward to seeing. He would put a smile on your face even if you were having a bad day. My thoughts and prayers are with his family .

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Biography

When John Robert Klein walked into the room, those in his company felt instant energy and joy. This is just one example of who "Johnny Rock" was and how he impacted those around him. "Johnny Rock" was a clever and enthusiastic person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if "Johnny Rock" wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. "Johnny Rock" was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

       He was the son of Sharon and Bob Klein. "Johnny Rock" was raised in East side St. Paul. Always ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew "Johnny Rock" might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that he was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

       He had one younger sister, Crystal.

Johnny was blessed with three children: Samantha, Chanda and Dillon.

      "Johnny Rock" was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was being an entrepreneur. Johnny was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Johnny had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight.

      Because Johnny loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were singing, drinking and vacationing. Johnny had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Johnny's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Johnny's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Johnny took his vacations and drinking seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could.

      Johnny passed away on March 26, 2019 at North Memorial Hospital from a massive heart attack. John is survived by his children Samantha, Chanda and Dillon. Also, other family members and friends.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Johnny. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Johnny Klein for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. "Johnny Rock" was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.