Oscar was born, March 13, 1932, the son of William and Clara (Hoffmann) Klein. Oscar was raised on a farm southeast of Hospers. He graduated from St. Anthony's School in Hospers. He worked for various farmers in the area. He served in the U.S. Army as an MP from 1953 to 1955.
He married Marie Freking Jan. 19, 1957, in Hospers. They lived in Hospers until moving to a farm near Ashton in 1959. In 1963, they moved to a farm southeast of Alton. In 1985 they moved to an acreage near Carnes.
He continued to farm and also worked at Bomgaars in Le Mars, as a small engine repairman. They moved to the town of Alton in June 2006.
Oscar was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Floyd Post 200 American Legion, and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He served on the Coop Oil board of directors, was a member of Spalding Catholic High School Board and St. Mary's School Board and St. Mary's Parish Board. He was president of St. Mary's School Bus Association for many years.
Oscar was an active member and officer of the National Farmers Organization, American Legion and Knights of Columbus.
He was a Eucharistic Minister for St. Mary's Catholic Parish at Alton. He served on the Sioux County Veterans Affairs Commission.
He enjoyed family celebrations, bowling, golfing, woodworking, watching all sports and having coffee with the guys.
Survivors include: his wife, Marie Klein of Alton; five sons, Mark and his wife, Jolene (Kosse) Klein, of Wakefield, Neb., Mike Klein of Denver, N.C., Steve Klein of Frisco, Texas, Dan and his wife, Wendy (Hoftiezer) Klein, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Kevin Klein of New York City, N.Y.; eight grandchildren: Eric and wife Danielle, Aaron, Josh, Stephanie, Ryan, Marcus, Rebecca, Ben Klein; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes Vortherms and her husband, Leo, of Westbrook, Minn., and Germaine McCoy and her husband, Bob, of Mountain Home, Idaho; three brothers, Vincent Klein and his wife, Marilyn, of Hospers, Norbert Klein and his wife, Joan, of Sanborn, and Arthur Klein of Ames; one brother-in-law, Leo and Karen Freking of Hospers; four sisters-in-law, Sister Edwardine Freking of Dubuque, Catharine Portz of Hospers, Sister Angeline Freking of Dubuque, and Louise and Jim Auchstetter of Hospers; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Patricia Ann Klein and Rose Marie Klein; two brothers, Leonard Klein and Ambrose Klein and his wife, Blanche; one sister, Mildred Goebel and her husband Linus, and one brother-in-law, Bernard Portz.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, with the Rev. Paul Eisele officiating and the Rev Doug Klein concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Alton. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. today (Friday). There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a 4th degree Knights of Columbus chalice presentation, all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton.
Casket Bearers will be Oscar's grandchildren: Eric, Aaron, Josh, Stephanie, Ryan, Marcus, Rebecca, and Ben Klein.
Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.