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Obituary for John L. Klein

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John L. Klein

August 15, 1942 - July 4, 2015

John L. Klein was born August 15, 1942 to Loren and Leona (Garvin) Skogness in Crookston, Minnesota. After divorcing Loren, Leona moved with her children to Devils Lake, North Dakota where she met Virgil Klein. Leona and Virgil were married in May, 1947 and Virgil proceeded to formally adopt John and his sister Kathy.


John graduated as Valedictorian of his high school graduating class in 1960. He also won the John Philip Sousa Award for best senior musician. When the Peace Gardens started a music camp, John was in the first class and also in the first European band tour they sponsored. John went on to further his music by entering the University of North Dakota music program and there he met Barbara Bry, whom he married in Manvel, ND in January, 1963.


While finishing college and getting his master’s in music, he also taught music in Michigan, ND. John and Barb were divorced in 1976. John later met Luella Buxton whom he married in May, 1982, in Clearfield, Utah. John and Luella were later divorced.


John was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Augusta Klein; Maternal Grandparents, John and Martha Garvin; his parents, Loren Skogness, Leona Klein and Virgil Klein and a grandson Nicholas J. Massengale.


He is survived by his sisters; Kathy Everaert of Monroe, Washington, Vivian (Larry) Bahls of Panama Beach, FL, Virginia Klein of Fargo, ND and Valerie (Larry) Hakanson of New Rockford, ND; his children; Martha Klein of Elkmont, Alabama, David (Sonia) Klein of Baggs, Wyoming, Amy (Buttle) Klein of Saratoga, Wyoming, Sabrina (Rob) Tracy of Montrose, Colorado, April Buxton of Clearfield, Utah and Travis (Beckey) Buxton of Veazie, Maine; his grandchildren; Darby and Jessie Klein, JD Buttle, Spencer Massengale, Ashley Norman and Desiree Funke, Madison, Brooklyn, Halle and Mason Buxton; his nieces and nephews; Tammy Klein and Tim Klein, Vicki Peterson, Lawrence Bahls and Lori Bahls, Kim Beckman and Dawn Lindenberg, Heidi Huesties and Michael Hakanson.


There will be a Wake for John L. Klein on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at the Circle Inn, 2253 N. Main Street, Sunset, Utah.


Services under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm -

Join family for a Wake at the Circle Inn, 2253 North Main Street, Sunset, Utah


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Born: August 15, 1942
Died: July 4, 2015

Condolences for John L. Klein

Becky posted on 7/12/15

I will always remember John outside waving to the school kids in the morning and afternoon, our backyards are side by side, always friendly and offering to help, just an awesome person. Whenever we drive by his house my kids are always looking for John and asking where he is since he was always outside, just saw his obituary last night and still hasn't sunk in, sorry for your loss.


ANN PENA posted on 7/12/15

I did not know john for a long time but for the few years I new him I found him to be a very kind man with a heart of GOLD he would give you the shirt of his back if you needed it. He took in many friends with out expecitnig anything in return that is just the kind of man he was he was very giving, He was a great listener he had a loving heart and cared deeply for others. He was a very amazing man I stoped by to see him a few weeks ago to let him know I was in heart failure he said keep me in touch well John you beat me to the gate of heaven it looks like you one uped me. I will miss you very much I will think of you always as I drive by your home your will always remain in my heart, TO family and friends I am so sorry for the loss of this great man I know my heart is just so broken my prayers are with you all as you walk threw this very hard time. May you find comfort in knowing he is at peace resting in the arms of jesus and hey the RETIREMENT IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! If you need anything at all please call me 801/991/0362 my address is 3673 w 2400 n Clinton just north and west of johns house please let me know. praying for you all GOD BLESS,. LOVE AND MISS YOU JOHN