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Craig Klein

Craig C. Klein, 73, of Fargo, ND, passed away sweetly Tuesday morning, March 13, 2018, at Elim Nursing Home in Fargo.

Craig was born November 1, 1944, in Devils Lake, ND, to Clarence and Ruth (Graff) Klein. He grew up in the Alsen/Munich area with his four younger siblings. On November 2, 1963, he married Carol Roppel in Nekoma, ND, one day after he turned 19. Craig farmed with his family close to Nekoma, ND, for most of his adult life where he and Carol raised their three children. He enjoyed taking the family camping, boating, waterskiing, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed watching high school basketball games, music, and traveling to warmer climates. Even though his heart was always out at the farm, Craig and Carol moved south to Fargo in 2004. Craig worked for the Johnson Fargo Culvert Company until he retired in 2009 at the age of 65. During his retirement, he and Carol spent their winters in Florida enjoying the sunshine and time with friends and family.

Surviving Craig are his wife, Carol, of Fargo, ND; children: Tammy (John) Wolf of Maple Grove, MN, Lanetta (Chad) Franzoi of Farmington, MN, and Dale Klein of Fargo; grandchildren: Matthew & Emma Wolf, Zachary & Samantha Franzoi, and Alex (Lisa), Kayla & Cole Klein; siblings: Doug (Jean) Klein of Munich, ND, Pam (Doug) Bartel of Hillsboro, KS, Lynn (Joan) Klein of Bismarck, ND and David Klein of Munich; brothers-in-law Jerry (Darlene) Roppel of Bismarck and Don (Dawn) Roppel of Fairdale, ND, along with many loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded by parents Clarence and Ruth (Graff) Klein, Melvin Klein, and niece Tawnya Roppel.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will begin two hours prior to service time at the church on Saturday.

Visitation will be from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Funeral Service

Saturday, March 17, 2018
2:00 PM

Emmanuel Evangelical Church
1120 15th Avenue
Langdon, ND 58249

Visitation will be from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

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Carol and family, We are just now learning of Craig's passing. We know of the strong faith in God and your love for Jesus that you and Craig have had. We pray and know that your will allow Jesus to wrap his arms around you to comfort you. Clarice

Reuben and Clarice Liechty Apr 21 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to learn of Craig's death. We have many good memories from high school days. Sincerely, Paulette and Odell Johnson

Paulette and Odell Johnson Mar 30 2018 12:00 AM

Dad's Legacy of Love Through the years I've studied my father closely, as most children study and emulate the habits of their father. I've watched my father in many situations and was always amazed and sometimes humbled by his love walk'. When we read I Corinthians 13:4-8, the love chapter, we see all the character traits that we should have. At times it may feel more like an impossible mandate that is impossible to live up to. However, The Bible also tells us that God is Love. If this is the case, the Love Chapter' would also be a description of God. If we know that we are loved this intensely, it's easy to love Him back. God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. God does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails. Actually, this has always been a perfect description of my Dad as well. He has always been an example of how God loves each of us. Knowing that we were loved this intensely by Dad, means it's always been easy to love him back. Love you, Dad.

Tammy Wolf Mar 22 2018 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear of Craig's passing. I remember what a good farmer he was , and always so honest to do business with when he farmed Mom and Dad's land ( Gene and Mereda Roder) Sincere sympathy to you, Carol and all your Family.

Amy Roder Mar 20 2018 12:00 AM

We were sorry to hear of Craig's passing. He was a kind and gentle person who loved the Lord and is now in His presence. Condolences and prayers for Carol and family.

Lauren & Sheryl Schmiess Mar 17 2018 12:00 AM

My condolences to you and your families. Craig will be missed as he was such a great person. I will always remember his sense of humor, infectious smile and laugh. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Brent Klein Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

Carol and family Craig is only as far away as your heart and memories and he will stop by to visit you whenever you call out to him.

Wendy Wirasnik Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

Our Thoughts and Prayers be with the family.

Darrin and Ruby Klein Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

I wish I could personally be present to attend my cousin Craig's funeral. My condolences to the Craig Klein family. I treasure 2 years ago when I was able to have a great visit with Craig and his wife Carol. Memories I will treasure especially when my brother Lee and I enjoyed riding a snowmobile during one winter that was driven to my Uncle Mel's farm by Craig. I recollect the machine was an Arctic Cat which was very fun when your young especially. Craig will be missed very much.

KEL PETERS Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

God Bless you Cousin Craig on your next journey, thank you for all the memories, from motorcycles to snowmobiles, you instilled the drive and ambitions that set the course for me in my life, you were like my mentor. You were always available for my father, and our family, stopping by to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, and discuss family matters and other topics of interest. I remember many other moments also! Thank You. God's Speed! and to you " Fair Winds and Following Seas"

John Klein Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

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