FORT WORTH -- Kenneth Daniel "Ken" Klein passed away early Sunday morning, May 8, 2016, after suffering a massive heart attack. Mr. Klein was 57 years old. Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, with Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger officiating. He will receive military honors from the Martin Hochster Jewish War Veterans Post 755. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to the American Heart Association, in his memory, is suggested. Born April 30, 1959, in Vineland, N.J., Ken was the son of Joseph and Elaine Klein. He was the youngest of three brothers. The family moved to Oklahoma in 1962 and then Rochester, N.Y., where his father worked for General Dynamics. In 1967, the family was transferred to Fort Worth where Ken spent the final 49 years of his life. He attended public schools, graduated from Southwest High School in 1977 and joined the United States Air Force where he finished his service as a telecommunications specialist at Zweibruucken Air Base in Germany. Over a period of years, he attended Tarrant County College and earned an associate degree. Ken was always intrigued with art and with electronics and he developed an expertise in computer-aided drawing (CAD), which he pursued with several companies in Kansas and Texas. He also worked for some years with Tandy Corporation and General Dynamics. In his spare time, he researched and wrote some columns on local historical sites for the weekly Saginaw newspaper. He also loved to draw freehand sketches of trains and sold them at local railroad shows. A longtime Master Mason, Ken received his degrees at Tabernacle Masonic Lodge in Fort Worth. Also, in keeping with his military service, he held the position of judge advocate in the officer lineup of Jewish War Veterans post. Ken was known and loved for his work ethic, honesty, and true friendship. His love of God and country was unsurpassed. Ken's untimely passing is a shock to all who knew him and he will be sorely missed. Survivors: In addition to his father, Joseph Klein and his wife, Hannah, Ken is survived by his friend and companion, Mary Papai-Moore; brother, Steven Klein of Los Angeles; and niece, Heather Klein of Wichita, Kan.
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