Eric Walter Klein, 45, of Anna, passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 1, 2022, from a multiple vehicle accident on the Indiana Toll Road in South Bend, Ind.
He was born Dec. 5, 1976, in Findlay, to Thomas and Mary (Ernst) Klein, who survive in Carey. On June 14, 2003, at Our Lady of Consolation Basilica in Carey, Eric married Sarah (Long) Klein who survives. Also surviving are two children, Meredith (17) and Michael (12) Klein, both at home; two siblings, Christopher and Melanie Klein of Hinckley and Nicholas and Amber Klein of Carey; father and mother-in-law, Nicholas and Rebecca Long of Carey; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alicia and Brice Baird of Blaine, Minn.; and Kenneth Long and Tanya Nies of Lake Crystal, Minn.; seven nieces and nephews, Connor, Rian, Sophia and Rozalyn Klein, Isaac Baird, Morgan and Ava Benoit; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Eric was a 1995 graduate of Vanlue High School and a 1999 graduate of Ohio Northern University where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He had been the project engineering director for the Thetford and Norcold Corporation of Sidney and Ann Arbor, Mich., where he was employed for 23 years. Eric was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in McCartyville where he had been a eucharistic minister. In his leisure, Eric enjoyed golf, fishing and attending sporting events. He had been a volunteer Anna Rec League baseball coach for several years.
A memorial mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with the Rev. Stephen Mondiek presiding. A private interment service will take place at a later date. Friends may call Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie and Wednesday 9-10 a.m. in the church gathering room. Memorials may be made to the Anna Middle School and High School Media Center or charities of choice. Private condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com.