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Gerald "Jerry" T. Klein

October 6, 1929 — April 29, 2019


October 6, 1929 ~ Hospers, Iowa
April 29, 2019 ~ Orange City, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 2, 2019
St. Patrick Catholic Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Celebrant: Father Siby Punnoose

Visitation with the family present
will be from 9:00 am until the time of service
at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa.

“Be Not Afraid”
Responsorial Psalm “On Eagle’s Wings”
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
“I am The Bread Of Life”
“The Easter Alleluia”
Song of Farewell
“Amazing Grace”
Cantor: St. Patrick’s School Choir
Organist: McKayle Van Kekerix

Trevor Hendershot Mike Heil
Troy Klein Austin Klein
Kevin Klein Justin Priebe Gerad Priebe

St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery ~ Sheldon, Iowa

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa
Gerald T. “Jerry” Klein, the son of Peter and Mathilda (Robinet) Klein was born October 6, 1929 in rural Hospers, Iowa. He attended St. Anthony Catholic School in Hospers. After completing school, he helped his dad on the farm. On November 13, 1951, he was united in marriage to Margaret C. Croatt at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers, Iowa. Together they farmed north of Hospers, Iowa for many years. Margaret preceded him in death on September 27, 1998. Jerry remained in his home until passing away on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Orange City Health Systems in Orange City, Iowa, reaching the age of 89 years, 6 months and 23 days.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. He enjoyed his fishing trips up north, bowling, casino’s, walking, going to the sale barn, having coffee at the OK 1 Stop, the annual family picnic and being with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jerry leaves to cherish his memories his children, Kathy Heil of Stewartville, MN; Randy (Patty) Klein of Sibley, IA;; Pete (Pam) Klein of Rock Rapids, IA; Larry (Sissie) Klein of Ashton, IA; Eva (Brian) Priebe of Maynard, MN; Myron (Lisa) Klein of Sheldon, IA; Dean (Stacy) Klein of Hospers, IA; 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law, Rita Klein of Sheldon, IA and Margaret Klein of Orange City, IA.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; son-in-law, Glen Heil; 3 great-grandchildren, his parents, a brother, Raymon and sister, Savina in infancy, 3 sisters, Frances, Esther and Rosella; 2 brothers, Jerome “Ome” and Arnie Klein and 4 brothers-in-law, Raymond Schnurr, Melvin Plathe, Gerald Croatt and Leo Goergen.

The Family would like to especially thank the Stay In Home Care, Orange City Hospice; the nurses at the Orange City Hospital and All who have shown Jerry kindness.

Close the Gate (For Dad)
By Nancy Kraayenhof
For this one farmer the worries are over, lie
down and rest your head,
Your time has been and struggles enough, put
the tractor in the shed.

Years were not easy, many downright hard, but
your faith in God transcended,
Put away your tools and sleep in peace. The
fences have all been mended.

You raised a fine family, worked the land well
and always followed the Son,
Hang up your shovel inside of the barn; your
work here on earth is done.

A faith few possess led your journey through
life, often a jagged and stony way,
The sun is setting, the cattle are all bedded, and
here now is the end of your day.

Your love of God’s soil has passed on to your
kin; the stories flow like fine wine,
Wash off your work boots in the puddle left by
blessed rain one final time.

You always believed that the good Lord would
provide and He always had somehow,
Take off your gloves and put them down, no
more sweat and worry for you now.

Your labor is done, your home now is heaven; no
more must you wait,
Your legacy lives on, your love of the land, and
we will close the gate.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, May 2, 2019

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

310 10th St., Sheldon, IA 51201

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St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery

1988 E. 9th St., Sheldon, IA 51201

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