John Klein, age 72, passed on June 20, 2021 at Riverside Hospital, Columbus, Ohio from Covid. He was predeceased by his parents, Gene and Lucille Klein, and his sister, Emily Klein.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa, sons, Zach (Jennie) and Patrick (Whitney); grandchildren, Stella and Rocco; and brothers, Dave (Marcia) and Mike (Jill). John also had a myriad of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
John is a graduate of Aurora High School and Indiana State University. He retired from AEP in 2019 having worked at Zimmer Power Plant, Muskingum River Power Plant, Pickaway Power Plant and the Darby Gas Plant.
John was a passionate family man who treasured his time coaching his two boys in basketball. He was the assistant basketball coach for Belpre High School from 1996 – 2002. Throughout he also coached all kinds of teams from junior high school to AAU. John would readily admit that his sons’ trips to the Ohio High School Athletic Association basketball state tournament were the highlights of his coaching career.
John was one of the most caring men you could ever meet with a quirky sense of humor that would have people in stitches. He loved going to the track and playing poker at the casinos. There wasn’t a Hallmark movie that John didn’t like. He was the ultimate Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan. Always anticipating the upcoming season!
John was fully vaccinated in February yet he still suffered this painful ending because a mutation of the virus got the best of him. That’s not a statement implying vaccines don’t work. Instead, it’s actually the opposite- get vaccinated so the virus stops mutating. These mutations are more contagious and more deadly. If you want to do something to honor John, get vaccinated yourself or encourage someone you know to get vaccinated.
To lose John on Father’s Day was a fitting a tribute to the most loving, dedicated and supportive dad and grandpa around.
There will be no service at this time. Visit egan-ryan.com for messages of condolence. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions be made to Immaculate Conception School, 366 North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214.