Thomas Klein obituary (1939 – 2021) – Overland Park, KS

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Thomas P. Klein “Pat”
November 2, 1939 – October 8, 2021
Overland Park, Kansas – Pat passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Shawnee Mission Hospital.
Visitations and the Rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 at the Church of the Nativity in Leawood, KS. The Christian Burial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 29 at the Church of the Nativity and will be broadcast live on KCNativity.org. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nativity Guardian Angel Fund.
Pat graduated in 1958 from Rockhurst High School. He then went to Regis College in Denver, Colorado. He met his wife Judy at Loretto Heights College in Denver. They started their life together in 1961.
He began his career in the automotive industry with Judy’s father, Mel Hilliard Chevrolet. He then joined his father, Andy at Andy Klein Pontiac. He bought the concession in 1974 after his father retired. Pat retired in December 2011.
Pat was an active member of the Serra Club, the Catholic community and Overland Park Rotary, and served on the board of directors of UMB Bank from 1975 to 2012.
From 1995, Pat was active with Kansas Motor Car Dealers and served on the board of directors from 1995 to 2011. He also served on the board of directors of Kansas Auto Dealers Workers Compensation Insurance Co until his retirement.
In 1998, Pat was the Quality Dealer for Kansas Time Magazine.
Pat was an avid golfer, the captain of his boat, and a near-professional photographer and videographer.
For the past 5.5 years, he has actively participated in boxing at Parkinson’s Exercise & Wellness Center. Known as one of the “Fighters”, he will be missed by all. His inspiring joie de vivre, his generosity to anyone in need shone with every step he took. Her heart shone with love for her friends, her family and above all her contagious “youpi”.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Lavonne and Andy Klein, his stepfather and stepmother, Melvin and Alberta Hilliard.
He is survived by Judy, his wife of 60 years, daughters, Kimberly, Kelly (Cliff), Kristi (Chat), Katie (Chris); grandchildren, Austin, Ashley, Abby, Wyatt, Payton, Hallie, Madison (Jerry B), Harrison, Hunter, Holland, Cooper; her siblings Mike (Nancy), Gary (Chris), Larry (Ann), Mary (Mike), Steve (Janet), Kayt (Peter), Susie (Mike), Linda (Butch); sister-in-law Vicki, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Pat’s motto in life, “Faith, Family, Friends” will be remembered by all.

Posted by Kansas City Star October 24-27, 2021.


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