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Clinton G. Klein

Clinton Klein, 90, of Langdon, ND, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon.

Clinton George was born March 20, 1930, (15 minutes after his twin brother, Clayton) in Gordon Township, Cavalier County, North Dakota, to George and Anna (Fadenrecht) Klein. He attended school at Gordon School #1 through eighth grade then one year of high school in Alsen until it burned down. He then attended and graduated from Bethany Academy in Munich. On April 11, 1959, he was united in marriage to Joyce McFadden in Devils Lake. He and Joyce lived on a farm near Alsen where they farmed the land and raised their family until moving to Langdon about 16 years ago. Although they moved away from the farm, he was never more proud that his eldest son, Steve, took over the farm and was joined by his grandson, Tyler.

Clinton was a member of the Rosehill Mennonite Church of rural Alsen and Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Langdon. He enjoyed singing and for many years was the tenor for the Rosehill Men’s Quartet. Clinton was a proud member of the Gideons. For several years he was a board member of the Alsen Farmers Elevator. Clinton was a man of faith, loving husband, proud father & grandfather, and friend to many in several communities. He was known to never turn down a cup of coffee or a piece of pie.  Very rarely was he not seen attending a local sporting event, play or concert.

Surviving Clinton are his children: Steve of Alsen, Sue (Jim) Allmer of Bismarck, ND, Sam (Ruth) of Lakeville, MN, Sherman (Jenny) of Farmington, MN, and Becky (Jeff) Pierskalla of Blaine, MN; grandchildren: Erica (James), Tyler, Spencer, Benjamin, Braden, Mitchell and Sydney; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joyce; and siblings: Arvelda (Elmer) Wiens, Clayton (Donalda) Klein, and Dorothy (Arthur) Ewert.

All memorials can be directed to Cavalier County Cancer Crusaders, 210 8th Ave., Langdon, ND 58249,


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Guestbook

Clinton was a lovely man and wonderful neighbor. He and Joyce are and will be missed by the Fohr family. Our condolences.

Deborah Fohr Levchak May 4 2020 12:00 AM

Always enjoyed visiting with Clint and Joyce at basketball games and Lake Region Community Concerts. My deepest sympathy to his family

Joyce Carter May 3 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Klein Family,
I don't think I know any of you, but always talked to Clint when I would see him. The Rosehill quartet would come and sing at the Derrick church way back. He was friends of my Mom and Dad, so we would always visit. I will miss seeing him at the bakery or where ever, but will see him again in Heaven.
Take care and God bless you all.
Dave Haugen

Dave Haugen May 2 2020 12:00 AM

The Klein family is in our thoughts and prayers. Ill never forget a phone call I received from Clinton. It was June of 1991 and my brother, Pat, was about to marry a Munich girl, Lisa K. Clinton was so thoughtful...he knew Pat and I were close in age and did about everything together. So Clinton had Sherm give him my folks number in Minto and made it a point to call me just to make sure I was ok with my brother getting married. He sympathized in remembering it was a tough time for him when Clayton was married and how he missed having him around all the time. We mustve talked for a half hour! Such a kind soul - May he Rest In Peace.

Jamie Mach & Family May 1 2020 12:00 AM

So many memories. Clint and Joyce helped watch me when I was a kid. They reminded me of my challenge saying sandwich. Apparently I called it samish. Clint was always a tease. I will miss my uncle.

DeVona Roble May 1 2020 12:00 AM

Your Dad welcomed me so beautifully when Tom and I were engaged. He always made me smile and laugh. I loved the twinkle in his eye which I see in the picture you posted. Know that your family is in my prayers. Sam you inherited that same twinkle.
Kim Klein

Kim Klein May 1 2020 12:00 AM

One couldn't ask for a better father in law than Clinton. What an extraordinary example of living a full life. Clint loved his sports, his kids, his grandkids and yes, his coffee and pie were among his favorites also. How many countless meals did the Klein family enjoy as a group and Clint was so generous and almost always insisted on picking up the tab for the entire crew. It brought him great joy just seeing all of us together, enjoying our meal and our companionship as we often did. When I see the wonderful qualities that my wife Sue has displayed over the many years of our marriage and know exactly where'they were inherited from. Clint loved people and loved to visit and catch up on the latest game, the latest play or production and always kept a sharp mind to the very end. I was often amazed at how Clint could remember dates and events and how inquisitive his mind was with history and such, always asking questions and learning something new every single day of his life. If given half a chance, Clint would have been a super contestant on the game show Jeopardy. I"ve been there to witness Clint survive a bad burn accident years ago, and he lost his wife Joyce, many siblings, extended family and friends too, over the years, but always seemed to recover with an inner strength and strong faith that few people I know, can claim. I remember the countless trips to the Alsen cafe when Sue and I first dated and how unique it was to watch people curl in the same building we were eating in and how great the hamburgers, fries and shakes, served up by an always smiling Leonard and Carolyn Klein, who made me feel right at home, even though I new no one in those early days. I also remember those times when Clint went to join his coffee buddies daily and looked forward to those times too. When in town we attended church with him and met so many of his friends and relatives too, who made you feel like you were all just one big happy group, worshipping and praising God among friends. It was always a joy too, when me, Clint and Sue would stop by the Elevator in Alsen just to say hello, and it seemed people would come out of the woodwork to greet us and to stop for a moment and have some coffee (big surprise there) and to share the memories or daily events with us and make us feel like royalty. Clint beamed from ear to ear during those special times and I know he had many friends there who miss him also. Mostly though, I loved this man who was always there to talk to me about anything and everything. Clint loved to call me or Sue quite often and just visit about life and all that happened that day. Clint made sure to use up every single minute of time on his cell phone plan and put it to good use always. Seldom are we gifted with a man in our midst who can make you smile, make you want to share your thoughts and ideas on world affairs, day to day life or just visiting. I believe much of Clints charm was from the fact that he genuinely cared, he was always caring and compassionate, and willing to listen. In all the years I knew Clint, I never once felt judged by him in any way. He never had bad things to say about anyone and in fact was the guy who was always cheering for the underdog or those who were struggling in life. Always, sincere compassion for others who were having a bad day. Clint was always present, and willing to help in any way he could, especially to those in need. He often expressed how bad he felt for the team that lost the game, even if it was the opponents team. He wanted everyone to feel good about themselves always, and his encouragement along the way was certainly instrumental in doing just that. HIs sincerity about life and others was there always, and without question. Often times Clint and I would visit about the scriptures and how many life lessons we can learn from opening and studying Gods word. It seemed every time I came to Langdon to visit with Clint, he wanted to take me out and show me his fields, his crops and the majesty of nature and all of Gods creation. One couldn't help but feel that Clint was truly a man born of the very land he so admired and loved. Clint had deep rich soil running through his veins and I doubt I have ever met anyone who loved the land and the farming way of life, more than he did. We enjoyed countless vacations together over the years also and took in some wonderful sights along the way. When I observed Clint, I could always see the look of admiration and awestruck wonder of someone who truly admired Gods handiwork. Whether it was gazing out over the hills and buttes of Medora ND or walking in the waters of the Missouri River in Bismarck while the beach sand flitered between his toes, Clint always let you know he was thrilled to be part of the experience with his family and loved ones . There are many lessons I've learned throughout these 27 years with Clint as my father in law, but some of the most important ones are these.--Live life fully and love each other totally and without reservation. Never let the sun set on your anger or disagreements, settle it quickly and move on. Apologize, even if you feel you are right, because peace and love for each other must be kept as a top priority. Never allow your family to wonder if they are loved. Call them, tell them and show them how much you love them so there is no question. Keep God at the center of your marriage and your life. Show others that God lives in you and make our Father proud of how you live, what you say, how you act or react. Speak kindly of everyone because each person has their own battles to fight and some battles are within a person and don't necessarily show on the outside.God loves us all and we must show others we have Christ living in us. Clint, you were the ultimate poster child for the perfect father in law, and I know the Klein family and extended family would agree with me when I say- we all look forward to seeing you again one day in our eternal heavenly home; I am so thankful that Sue was able to be with you and care for you these past few months. I loved the fact that you didn't have to fight your medical challenges on your own and Sue was able to stay with you and give you peace, comfort and companionship, during your battle with cancer. My hope is that Sue was able to give back some portion of the love and care you showed her during her time at home on the farm, and far beyond. I can picture you even now, looking over those heavenly windblown fields of grain and feeling like all is right with the world. I can see Joyce looking over at you now, holding your hand and saying-Welcome home Clint---I"ve been waiting for you. Its been a honor being a small part of your life and sharing your family with me. I pray we all remember what you stood for, and your wonderful examples of how to live a full life. You have left huge shoes to fill for the rest of us, but I feel confidentt that your life, your example and your love, will continue to live on through those of us who're still here. Go with God Clint----I miss you already.

James Allmer May 1 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the Klein family on the loss of your father and grandfather. I worked as a waitress at Crossroads Restaurant in the late 1970s; Clinton and Joyce were among my favorite customers. Clinton was thoughtful, friendly, always upbeat and, yes, he loved to drink coffee!

Linda (Kleinschmidt) Faulhaber Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM

Clinton was such a wonderful person. I never heard him ever say an unkind word about anyone. He was always so upbeat and kind. May God Bless his memory. Sympathies to his family.

Dawn and Don Roppel Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM

May you rest in peace Clinton. I enjoyed visiting with him and he always asked about kids and sports, so very kind and supportive! He will be missed. God bless.

Jane Hayen Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

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