Obituaries Archive

Obituaries » Robert "Bob" J. Klein

Robert "Bob" J. Klein

June 4, 1926 - May 8, 2018

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice Residence or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, c/o the funeral home.

Age 91, passed away at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Bob was born in Mendon, Michigan on June 4, 1926, the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Higgens) Klein. He owned his barber shop in Kalamazoo for many years. After retirement, Bob and his wife, Patricia moved to Schoolcraft where he returned to his passion for farming and woodworking. Bob and Pat made life-long friendships with their Schoolcraft neighbors. He was known for his dedicated work ethic, was a “Jack of all Trades” and could fix or “jerry rig” anything. Bob’s family was always at the center of his life and he was proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. On February 18, 1950, he was united in marriage to the former Patricia A. Kirkendall, who preceded him in death on November 15, 2016 after 66 years of marriage. Bob was also preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters. He is survived by his children, Jim (Jennifer Roque) Klein, Pamela (Dr. Charles) Zeller, Kelley Hiemstra and Kathy Klein; grandchildren, Joel (Jodi) Klein, Matthew Roque, Brendon (Rachel) Erickson, Erika (Dr. Daniel Krcelic) Steele-Krcelic, Jessica (Travis Hargrove) Hiemstra, Jennifer Hiemstra and Erik Eichorn; great-grandchildren, Joelle, Isadora and Halle and sister-in-law, Kathleen Prochaska.