Richard “Dick” Frank Klein

07/21/1934 — 07/14/2023

From Richland, WA | Born in Glendale, CA

Richard “Dick” Frank Klein

Richard “Dick” Frank Klein passed away peacefully, July 14, 2023, in Kennewick, WA with family by his side.  He was born in Glendale, CA on July 21, 1934.  Dick served in the US Army during the Korean War.  He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  While there he met Carolyn Butler, proposed 5 days later, and they were married in the Los Angeles Temple, September 28, 1960.  They honeymooned their way to Richland, WA where he started his engineering career and continued in this field until his retirement.

He loved road trips and camping, especially huckleberry picking on Mt. Adams with his wife and 5 children each year.  He enjoyed working in his yard and had a great love for his rose garden where he picked a bouquet of roses nearly each day for Carolyn. His favorite way to relax was leaning back in his beloved recliner for a scalp massage and foot rub from his grandchildren.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many positions, including the first Bishop of the West Pasco Chapel when it was built.  He was a dedicated temple worker, serving there for 20 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn, 5 children, Chris (Julee) Klein of Richland, WA; Scott (Lynelle) Klein of Grand Junction, CO; Jason (Dannette) Klein of Lehi UT; Brooke Striplin of Woodenville, WA and Courtney Nelson of Richland, WA; 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

A private family graveside service will be held.

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  • Rest in peace good and faithful servant. We’ll meet again.

    July 23, 2023
  • Such a kind and wonderful man. For many years we saw him on his daily walk, with his distinctive hat, regardless of the weather. We called him “rain or shine Brother Klein.” Sometimes he would stop for a chat if we were outside. He was a true disciple of Christ. Love and condolences to his family.

    Dave and Vicki Robison
    July 21, 2023
  • What a wonderful person Dick was! It was always such a pleasure to chat with him. And what a great neighbor he was too! Always willing to lend a hand for any reason. We will miss him. Thoughts and condolences to Carolyn and the family.

    Steve and Jane S
    July 20, 2023
  • Dick was a dear friend. I worked with him in the temple for many years. My father worked with him closely in church callings. Dick was always eager to help in any situation. He was cheerful. I enjoyed our association immensely. He will be missed. My love and condolences to Carolyn and the family!

    Lowell Barber
    July 20, 2023
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