Nancy Kay Klein (January 3, 2020)

Nancy Klein photoJune 26, 1947 ~ January 3, 2020

Monday, January 6, 2020
3:00 – 8:00 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
10:30 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, IA

Husband – Larry Klein of Harlan, IA
1 Son – Tracy (Rhonda) Klein of Omaha, NE
1 Daughter – Marcy (Eddie) Paden of Syracuse, NE
1 Brother – Roger (Joann) Christensen of Harlan, IA
5 Grandchildren
4 Step-grandchildren
1 Great-grandchild
Other Relatives & Friends

Nancy Kay Klein, the daughter of Edward M. and Margaret Marie (Hess) Christensen, was born on June 26, 1947, at home near Jacksonville, Iowa. She attended Harlan (Iowa) Public Schools and graduated from Harlan High School in 1965. On June 27, 1965, Nancy married Larry Clarence Klein at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville.

Along with raising her family, Nancy worked part-time at Brickyard Orchard, CDS, Easy Living Furniture, and Pexton Drug, all located in Harlan.

Nancy was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, where she and Larry had attended Saturday evening services for 30 years, and she helped with various women’s circles. A lifelong Harlan area resident, Nancy was known to be kind, soft-spoken, and welcoming. She was an excellent cook and good baker, and loved a good hamburger or cheeseburger. Nancy enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, and mowing. As an animal lover, Nancy liked cats and most other animals, with the exception of snakes. She also was not fond of Larry’s red cars!

Nancy K. Klein died on Friday, January 3, 2020, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. She had reached the age of 72 years, 6 months, and 8 days.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Donald Christensen, Larry Christensen, and Richard Christensen; and one sister, Jane Morrison. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Larry Klein of Harlan, Iowa; one son, Tracy (Rhonda) Klein of Omaha, Nebraska; one daughter, Marcy (Eddie) Paden of Syracuse, Nebraska; one brother, Roger (Joann) Christensen of Harlan, Iowa; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Phillip Nielsen officiating. Casket bearers were Marcus Klein, Taylor Klein, Michael Klein, Megan Klein, Sydney Paden, and Hunter Paden. Burial was in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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9 Responses to Nancy Kay Klein (January 3, 2020)

  1. Ryan D Christensen says:

    Larry and Roger, I’m so shocked and sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. We were just there with you all a month ago for my Grandmother’s funeral. My deepest sympathies for both you and will I keep you in prayer during this difficult time.

  2. Tami Lakers says:

    From your friends from the past, Tim and Tami Lakers are so very sorry to hear the passing of Nancy. We will always remember the great times we had back in the days with Larry and Nancy. Condolences to Larry and the family.

  3. Dolly Burgin says:

    Larry and family, So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Dolly Burgin

  4. Loren Christensen says:

    She was very patient with Tracy and I when we stayed over night as kids. I loved her smirk when she knew I was up to something.

  5. Connie Behrens says:

    So many memories come to light that we tuck away in our hearts when I think of all the things we shared. From being friends and neighbors, to camping, dancing, butchering all those chickens, picking apples for Brickyard Orchard. Those were the days! You will be missed by many. Rest in peace, dear friend.

  6. Betty Jacob says:

    Larry so sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy and caring thoughts for you and your family.

  7. Pat Glines Smyithe says:

    Larry, Hello from one of the Cushing, NE friends from years ago. So very saddened to learn of the loss of your dear wife.
    The sorrow that you feel today we cannot truly share, But may it comfort you to know we see your hurt and we care. I’ll share this news with my brother Jim Glines.
    I’ll hold you in my prayers as you learn with the help of our Lord, how to find a new normal in your life. Life Won’t be the same, But it will go on.

  8. Tammy Morrison says:

    To my dearest Auntie,

    You will be missed so much. My heart is shattered into a billion pieces as I know Uncle Larry, Tracy, Marcy, Roger, Jo Ann and her grandchildren’s hearts are as well. Just an utter shock to have you taken from us all. You will always be in our heats and minds and never ever forgotten. I can still hear your unique laugh and mannerisms. All the celebrations will never be the same without you. Tears will overflow for everyone who knew you and for the people who didn’t get the chance to meet you, you missed out on a great lady. She was a great wife, mom, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She was an angel here on earth and now in heaven she has her wings as she looks over us all with loved ones who have all passed. She will take care of my beloved grandmother who I adored so very much. That gives me great comfort knowing she will be with my grandma and others that have passed.

    I’m so saddened that I am unable to come and see you for the very last time…it just breaks my heart even more, but all the wonderful memories will help me through. I will always treasure them as tears roll down my face thinking about them all. Take care our beloved Nancy. We all will miss you so very much.

    Love you always,

  9. Pat Kleinpaste says:

    Nancy always had a smile. May she RIP.

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