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Fred P. Klein, 62, of Billings, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Nov. 21, 2010.

He was born on June 26, 1948, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Adopted by Harold and Wilma Klein, he grew up in Gregory, S.D., until the seventh grade, when the family moved to Omaha, Neb. Fred graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1966. Upon graduation, he served our country with bravery from January 1967 to November 1968 as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He received the Bronze Star for his heroism in combat while serving in Vietnam. When Fred returned from war in November 1968, he moved to Boulder and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

After graduation, he began his career as a landman and eventually earned the title of Certified Professional Landman. In 1979, he met his wife, Liliana, while working in Howell, Mich. Nineteen days after meeting each other, the two were married in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They would have celebrated 31 years of marriage on Dec. 13. Fred and Liliana raised a family in Sidney for 18 years before moving to Billings in 1999. Fred enjoyed cooking, golfing, watching Nebraska Cornhusker football games, and spending time with his pets, especially his Australian Sheepdog, Chaps.

Fred is survived by his mother, Wilma (Omaha); wife Liliana (Billings); daughters Julita (Billings) and Nicole (Chicago); and brothers Dennis (Dayton, Ohio), and Bill (Richmond, Va.).

A memorial service will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. West, Billings, MT 59101, on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Help for Homeless Pets in honor of Fred P., PO Box 1282, Billings, MT 59103.

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