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David F. Klein

Birth Date: October 22, 1940
Death Date: August 4, 2017

David F. Klein, 76, of Decatur, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield with his family by his side.

David was born October 22, 1940 in Pana, Illinois, the son of Celeste and Ethelyn (Galvin) Klein. He proudly served his country in U.S. Navy. David was a retired contractor. He enjoyed telling jokes, being with his grandchildren, and going to the riverboat.

David leaves behind his children Tony Klein, Jami Patient, and Marc (Susan) Klein, his lifelong companion Carol Acree, brother Mike Klein, sister Lynn Connor, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

David was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, two daughters Tami and Stacy Klein, granddaughter Shelby, and his beloved dog Daisy.

Services to celebrate David’s life will be 11:00 AM Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the services. Burial with military honors will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the wishes of the family in care of Jami Patient.

The family of David F. Klein is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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Celebration of Life
August 10, 2017
11:00 am
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Visitation prior to ceremony
August 10, 2017
10:00 am
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Klein. He always treated me like family and I have many fond memories of Stacy and me talking to him at his restaurant. He reminded me a lot of my dad with his sense of humor and he was and is something special. Durb

  2. Let me just correct my precious memory. Grandpa let me being home a cat, not a car. Either way I think he would have still been in trouble with mom.

  3. What I remember most about grandpa is early mornings with jelly filled and tiger tail donuts as a child, the countless times he and my mom and Tony would work or home projects together, and the best cat I could have ever asked for that he let me bring home from the school bonfire even though he knew mom would be against it.
    I'm regretful of the distance created between us as I grew older and can only hope that one day I'll be able to make up for that.
    I pray we make you proud everyday grandpa. Until we can catch up keep my seat warm. All my love.

  4. Fritzy was a very special person in my life. I am married to Shelly and there was no doubt how they felt about each other and the closeness they shared. I thought the world of Fritz and when I asked for his assistance years ago to help on a project at my daughters house, he didn't hesitate. He was a man of many skills and finally after battling all of his woes, he left us with a lot of loving memories. I am going to miss my friend & uncle.

  5. Uncle Fritzy will be missed very much. Knowing he is no longer in pain, or frustrated because of his condition makes the hurt ease up little by little. I will never forget his jokes, his stories (ones you never knew if they were true or made up), his smile, his love for his family. I am gonna miss hearing "love ya kid" after each phone call, him sitting at his kitchen table smoking his cigarettes, drinking his soda out of his 2 liter bottle or his coffee loaded with cream and sugar. There is a huge Klein reunion going on up in heaven and now when I hear thunder I will know it is Uncle Fritz and Uncle OJ getting into trouble all over again. My Uncle, Godfather & Buddy has left us but I know he is watching over all of his loved ones. He was a fighter even at the end but his gloves came off and it is now time to rest. God Bless you and rest in peace.
    Shelly (Conner) Auton

  6. Uncle Fritz, may you rest in peace and know that you will be missed by many. You always had a smile on your face which I am sure stretches from ear to ear as you are reunited with all our family members that have passed before us and I pray you continue to smile down on your family that still trudges along this path we call life.
    Until we meet again – Steve

  7. Klein family, Sending deepest condolences to all. Fritz and siblings grew up 2 houses west of us on 4th street in Pana.
    At one time, Lynn was my baby sitter, love her….and went all
    through school with Fritz, we graduated PHS 1959. So sorry for your loss, Marsha (Carroll) Hrabak

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