I’m not sure how to put this, but my father James E. Klein (seen on the left in the above photo) passed away on July 3rd, 2011. Many of our readers will remember the good times we had with him on our most recent trips to the USA.
“Jim” was born January 30, 1923 in Canandaigua, New York, the 4th child of Fred and Mildred Simons Klein. His father was manager of I.J. Newberry’s stores so the family lived in many places in New York State and eventually settled in Buffalo. He was a Veteran of World War II and served as Second Lieutenant in the Pacific Air Zone in the 373rd Bomb Squadron, 308th Bombardment Group. Stationed in China, Jim served as navigator/bombardier aboard a B-24 Liberator named “Little Egypt” until the cessation of hostilities. He was awarded the following honors:
- Presidential Unit Emblem
- Honorable Service Lapel Button
- World War II Victory Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, with 4 Bronze Stars (each star represents an addition qualification for the award).
- Good Conduct Medal
After the War, he trained to become an electronic engineer with RCA. He owned and operated Television Laboratory Sales & Service in Buffalo, NY for many years, before moving to Florida in 1959 where he became the first certified color television serviceman in the entire state. He joined the staff at Honeywell in 1963 and was employed by them until his retirement in 1988. Jim moved to North Carolina in 1973 to join the Greensboro office of Honeywell, and later became a private contractor for Honeywell and other companies when he started his own company, Jimboco, Inc. after his retirement from Honeywell.
He is survived by his wife Wanda of Walkertown, brother Frank, and niece Diane Palmero of Cheektowaga New York.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mildred Simons Klein, brothers Clifford and Thomas, sister Mildred and two infant children Ellen Ann, and James Allen.
He was the proud father of son Michael and wife Hui-Chen of Taiwan, daughter Janet Hunnicutt and husband Michael of Stokesdale, NC; daughter Nancy Landi and husband Tom and grandson Josh of Fort Collins, Colorado; and son John Thomas Klein of Greensboro, NC. He is survived by grandchildren Adam and wife Christin Hunnicutt and great granddaughter Madison, and grandsons Casey and Elliot Hunicutt all of Stokesdale NC.
He was a devout man, a loving father to his children, and took great joy in his grandsons, music, fishing, golf, and swimming anywhere and anytime. He was know for a sharp sense of humor and his ability to repair nearly anything.
He will be greatly missed….