In Memory of Alan Douglas Klein Sr.

A Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday January 4, 2020
Old Ptaceks Event Center
1449 Orrin Road
Prescott WI, 54021

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Alan Douglas Klein Sr., age 88, of Prescott, WI, passed away on December 4, 2019, at the Regina Medical Center after having suffered a massive stroke. Alan was born on February 8, 1931, in Litchfield, MN, to Arnold and Laura (Olson) Klein. He graduated from Litchfield High School with the Class of 1949. After high school, Alan furthered his education at the University of Minnesota and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was united in marriage to Joanne Carlson on January 2, 1952, in Grove City, MN. The marriage was blessed with three children. Alan was a career John Deere Company man who truly loved his job; he was a Division Sales Manager in Bloomington until his retirement. He lived in a lake home in Grand Rapids, MN, for many years following that.

Al learned to fly at the age of 14, he obtained his pilot’s license—thus began his lifelong passion for aviation. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Grand Rapids Chapter. Alan and Joanne loved boating and skiing with family and friends. These passions were passed down to the children and the grandchildren. Al also appreciated new cars. He loved driving around to visit his family and his many, many friends.

Alan will remain in the hearts of his children: Alan Douglas Jr. (Susan) Klein of River Falls, WI, Charlie (Christy) Klein of Prior Lake, MN, and Julie Bliven of Bloomington, MN; grandchildren: Alicia Duerkop, A. Douglas III (Kristen) Klein, Kelsey (Tyler) Bye, Matthew Klein, Erin (Steve) Towey, and Andrew (Nicole) Bliven; great grandchildren: Ryan, Colin, Natalie, McKenna, Bradley, and Lucas. He is also survived by his brother, Philip (Shirley) Klein, as well as many nieces and nephews. He will be forever missed by his beloved dog, Lady. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and his sisters: Tulida (John) Blackford, Laurie (Bert) Nelson, and Phyllis (Douglas) Kerr.

A Celebration of Alan’s life will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the Old Ptaceks Event Center, 1449 Orrin Rd., in Prescott, WI. Private interment will take place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City, MN, in the spring.

Cremation services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott (715) 262-5404.

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  • The science of seismology in Alan’s book is placed in the geo-political context – reflecting the long path to a Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which was first proposed in 1958, and finally opened for signature in 1996. The completion of negotiation of the CTBT in 1996 was the culmination of the tireless work of the “dynamic duo” of Alan and his colleague and friend Peter Marshall, CMG OBE. Alan leaves a tangible legacy not only in his extensive published works, but also in the numerous students he taught, who have gone on to become university lecturers, work in industry, or as scientists in international organisations, such as the CTBT organisation in Vienna. The research group Alan led at Blacknest continues to provide technical advice to the United Kingdom Government on the CTBT.

  • We have so many fond memories of days with Alan and Joanne.
    Traveling, boating , Cancun and just hanging our together.
    Also had fun times at the Lake Place. One funny memory is when we went on a party boat in CanCun and Alan tasted Long island Tea and thought it was so good it had just a few too many and then was the life of the party. We have missed them, and so sorry to learn of Alan’s death. Luckily we were able to connect with him in the spring of 2018.
    Love to all of you
    Bill and Kathleen