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Carl E. Klein

Carl E. Klein

1912 - March 19, 2007

Carl E. Klein of Corvallis passed away Monday at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center at the age of 94.

He was born to Anna Oesch and Charles Klein in Chenoa, Ill. After high school he attended Eastern Illinois University briefly before moving to California. He had dated Evelyn Hoffman in Illinois and in 1941 they were married in California.

Carl enlisted in the Seabees in 1943 and served in the Marines (Engineering Battalion) in the Pacific Theater, stationed in the Philippines and Hawaii.

After his discharge, he and Evelyn settled in Sylmar, Calif., where they raised a family. Carl worked as an experimental machinist for the Bendix Corporation. After retiring he and Evelyn lived in Ashland and then Corvallis.

Carl's hobbies included fishing and camping. In the late 1960's he acquired a Model A Ford from its original owner and restored it. He enjoyed driving it in the annual Ashland 4th of July parade.

He was exceptionally good at fixing things, and as a machinist sometimes made his own parts. He was the guy in the neighborhood with lots of tools who was always willing to help a friend or neighbor. Moving to Ashland, he spent many hours maintaining things at his church. His pastor said, "When something breaks, I call Carl."

During the 20 years they lived in Ashland he also delivered Meals on Wheels, helped the high school shop teacher maintain the shop tools, and repaired adaptive equipment for a friend in a wheelchair.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years; daughter Catherine Baca of El Cerrito, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Kris Warloe; and grandchildren Sarah Vasquez, Bjorn Warloe and Anna Stermer. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Carl Klein.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Grace Lutheran Church, 435 N.W. 21st St., Corvallis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church Foundation or the American Heart Association.