H. Millard Klein

Memorial services for H. Millard Klein, 80, Lawrence will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence with a Masonic service to follow. He passed away on Saturday, February 15th after complications associated with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

Mel was born in Baltimore, MD and was raised in Rutherford, NJ. He graduated from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA class of 1955.

Mel was also very active in the Masonic Lodge – Eclipse Lodge in Rutherford, NJ and was a past Master of the Lodge in 1963.

He was married to the love of his life, Phyllis Susan Kramer Klein for 55 years.

Mel is survived by his wife, Phyllis; one daughter, Susan Elizabeth Klein Goodwin, Lawrence; two sons, Keith Robert Klein and wife, Bea Von Mullekern Klein of Melbourne, Australia; James Millard Klein and wife, Raelyn Rivieri Klein, Abbeville, LA; one sister, Jacqueline Metropoles, NJ; four grandsons, Christian Klein, Samuel Goodwin, Tomas Klein, and Kieran Klein.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Kansas Chapter, Lawrence Humane Society, or Masonic Home Charity Foundation – 902 Jacksonville Road, Burlington, NJ 08016 and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

30 Condolences

  1. Gail Kernes and Samantha Smithies on February 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    He is in our hearts and our memories forever.

  2. Liliana Bernal & Jim Surette on February 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    May the beautiful memories stay forever!
    Liliana & Jim

  3. Jo Wilson on February 18, 2014 at 4:27 am

    So sad for Mel’s family ..Our neighborhood is saddened, too.

  4. Marianne Szabo on February 18, 2014 at 6:19 am

    So many great memories, makes me sad and happy at the same time…
    I will miss Mr. Klein/PopPop Klein very much.

    Love to all. xoxo

  5. Vandervelden - Van Gansberghe on February 18, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Our sincere condolences, We hope in time, your sweetest memories will bring you peace!
    Thinking of you!

    Vandervelden – Van Gansberghe Patrick, Hadewych, Hendrik, Jan and Heleen

  6. Susan Twombly on February 18, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Sincere condolences to Phyllis and family. Mel was always ready for a lively debate–and didn’t shy away from saying what was on his mind. He’ll be missed around the neighborhood.

  7. Jack Rubinstein on February 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I am very fortunate to have had Mel enter my life. He will be remembered for his wonderful opinions, and sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
    Jack Rubinstein

  8. Leila Kenzle on February 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I have such wonderful memories of Mr. Klein and the whole family! My thoughts are with you all.

  9. antoon van Mullekom on February 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the family.

    Annemarie & Antoon

  10. Patti Lyon on February 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Phyl & Sue,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a good man! Very funny too! He will be missed.

    I am sorry I will not be able to make it to the Memorial Service on Wednesday.

    Patti, PC & Patrick

  11. Tomas and Kieran on February 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Dear GrandPa, thank you so much for being the best grand pa in the world. You taught us to love playing cards. In San Diegor, we played cards all day with you and grand ma and had so much fun. We listen to the songs of Lehigh that you sand and recorded for us, and sing along loudly when we play it in our car. We think you have this real funny sense of humour you always made us laugh. You taught us funny plays on words, even in Dutch that we did not even know. We enjoyed kayaking with you in 2012 in Belgium. You did us proud even if you had to take a day off the next day to recover. We love you, and we will never forget. Your grandsons Tomas and Kieran

  12. Bea Klein-van Mullekom on February 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Dear Phyllis, Sue and Sam

    We will not be able to attend the memorial service in person, but a candle will be burning in this house at 1.oo pm Kansas time. Our thoughts are with you.

    Love, and hugs, Bea

  13. laura agel deleasa on February 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Pop Pop Klein will be very missed… The Klein’s and Agels made so many FUN memories together. He was loved by not only me, but he was loved by Josh, Jesse and Jacob. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all tomorrow. Love, Laura, Josh, Jesse and Jacob

  14. Sharon Ray on February 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Mr. Klein shopped at the store I work at for many years. He was one of my favorite customers. I will miss the chit-chat we always shared. Every time I saw him I knew he was going to make me laugh in some weird funny way. He told good stories! My thoughts are with his family at this time of sadness. I will truly miss you Mr. Klein.

  15. Rod Zinn on February 18, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    My deepest sympathy and love goes out to the family. May the strength that he carried day to day carry over into you. God Bless.

  16. Marie H Walsh on February 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Dear Phyllis & family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of our sons growing up and playing sports as young boys. Mel was a positive role model in my son Everett’s life. I always appreciated the caring support extended to us thru those important years. Thinking of you.

    Sincerely, Marie

  17. Mary Lou Hamlin on February 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss, know that prayers are coming your way for the entire family.

  18. william vezo on February 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

    My condolences to the Klein Family–Mr. Klein was always great fun
    for many years when i was growing up in Rutherford. i have many great memories with him and the whole family–he will be missed

  19. Julia Verhaegh on February 19, 2014 at 11:14 am

    condolences with the loss of Mel, from the twins Laura and Julia from the Netherlands

  20. Jon Woodward on February 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    While I did not personally know Mr. Klein, he will be missed by all and cherished in the hearts of all his brethren. On behalf of the Lawrence Masonic Bodies, my we express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  21. Kris Kohnke on February 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Susan Sam and Phyllis,
    Please accept our condolences.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this
    difficult time.

  22. Jan and Ingrid Arts on February 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Dear Phyllis,

    We console ourselves with the beautiful moments during your visit to Europe. We wish you and your family strength during this difficult time.

    Jan, Ingrid and the boys

  23. Wim and Mien Van Mullekom on February 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Phyllis. children and grandchildren,

    We would like to sincerely condolences on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. We wish you strength in this difficult time.

    Wim Van Mien and Mullekom

  24. Lisa on February 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    HM was a delightful man, full of character and never afraid to speak his mind. He always greeted me with compassion and thoughtful words. Even though HE was the patient, when he visited he would insist on knowing my latest news. With his sincere interest in my life, he helped give me strength during a tough time. I hope I returned the favor. He was a joy to care for. He will be missed.

    – Lisa, RN

  25. Nathalie en Bert on February 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Innige deelneming aan de familie.

  26. Belinda Ryan & Peter McKenzie on February 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Keith, Bea, Tomas and Kieran
    So sorry to hear of your loss of a much loved Dad and Grandpa.
    Keith you are a treasured friend to us, a loving partner to Bea, and wonderful Papa to your gorgeous boys. So we’re thinking that your Dad (and Mom) are definitely pretty awesome too…our thoughts are with you.
    Pete, Belinda and Charlotte.
    CA, USA.

  27. John, Jolanda, Ella and Ruben on February 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Dear Keith and family, thinking of you during this time of grief. Hope you find the support you need amongst your friends and family members.

  28. Christian Foerland on February 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Phyllis, Sue and Sam
    My condolences, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will cherish the memories forever.

  29. Jo Wilson on March 6, 2014 at 9:15 am

    So sad for his family and our neighborhood. Mel will be missed.

  30. John Tranter on March 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Rest in peace Mr Klein. Though it is many years since we last met I remember you fondly. You were so generous with your hospitality when I first visited Rutherford in 1978 and we had such a wonderful time when you visited my family in England in the early eighties. You were such a great character and marvelous company.

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