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Bill Klein

Aug 31st, 1957 - Jun 22nd, 2022

Funeral:  1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, June 28, at the funeral home


     William “Bill” E. Klein Jr., age 64, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday morning, June 22, 2022, at his home.

     He was born August 31, 1957, in Flora, the son of William E. and Emma Elizabeth (Meglich) Klein.  He was united in marriage to Deborah E. Shipley on August 22, 1975, at First Christian Church of Flora, and together they have shared 46 wedding anniversaries.

     An authentic conversationalist who enjoyed talking to people everywhere and of all ages, Bill often lightened the mood with his fun-loving nature and unique sense of humor.  He wrapped his heart around his grandkids and welcomed their friends, was a loving “dog dad,” and enjoyed outdoor activities like camping, swimming, boating, and lighting fireworks.  His contentment in riding side-by-sides and ATVs in recent years merely hinted at the adventures he experienced back in the days when he was known for racing motorcycles.  Bill was a farmer, working alongside his father on their multi-generational owned land.  A skilled welder, he had been invited to instruct Welding Technology courses at Olney Central College.  He served as a past Illinois Farm Bureau Director and past member of the Flora Elks, Flora Eagles, and VFW Auxiliary.

     He is survived by his wife: Deb Klein of Flora; his mother: Emma Klein of Flora; 5 grandchildren: Rase Collins of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Ryder (Taylor) Collins, Rowdy Collins, Ava Beth Billingsley, and Rylan Billingsley, all of Flora; a great-granddaughter: Evelynn Elaine Collins; a brother and 2 sisters: Troy (Michelle) Klein of Medway, Ohio, Bonnita (David) Brown of Keller, Texas, and Lorraine Waddell of La Crescenta, California; a sister-in-law: Kim (Bryan) Bullard of Rinard; and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his father: William E. Klein; and his beloved daughter: Jessika Elaine Klein-Billingsley.

     A funeral ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Private interment will take place in St. Stephen Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, June 28, at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Oil Belt Christian Service Camp or to St. Stephen Cemetery and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence, visit:



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Don, Jane and Darren Delaney

June 24th

Caring thoughts and prayers to your family during this saddened time. May the memories of good times past remain in your hearts forever.

Willie and Dana Johnson

June 24th

So sorry for your loss our deepest condolences

Tammie Vessechia

June 24th

Bill, you were so genuine, one of the kindest, sweetest, gentlest soul’s I have ever had the privilege of knowing. You made the world a better place just be being in it. You are already sadly missed. Rest easy and I’ll see you on the flip side my friend ♥️

kim hamilton

June 24th

so sorry great guy

Bill and Robin Atwood

June 24th

I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed each encounter with Bill. What a great voice. A very smart man too. I miss him already. Bill

Gina Douthit.

June 24th

Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

June 24th

I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a great person.

Bruce and Barb Brown

June 24th

We are so sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your family.

Bud and Linda Martin

June 24th

Deb and Family: We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort and strength for you and your grandchildren.

Wayne and Diane Becker

June 24th

So very sorry Debbie you are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏 sending you lots of hugs 🫂 in this very difficult time for you 😢 I m praying for you this has to be really hard for you I know Bill was taking very good care of you you are in my prayers

Tom and Gayle Harris

June 24th

So very sorry about your loss. Bill was a gentle man and a good soul. He will be missed so much by his family and friends. Fly high Bill!!!

Rachel Newbolds

June 24th

Thank you for always looking out for me and treating me as family. I will always cherish the memories, I have of you and will definitely miss the "Bill" way of explaining things. You were a great soul, and I'm honestly going to miss you. Catch you on the flip side🖤

Jenny Arnold

June 24th

Debi , My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.

Meryl Woods Jr

June 24th

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Leah Forth

June 25th

So sorry Deb. Thinking of you.

Mary Reynolds

June 25th

Condolences to the family...

Dennis and Candace Goodman

June 25th

Sorry to here of Bills passing. He was a wonderful person that could always make you laugh. Rest in peace my friend.

Sarah Puntney

June 25th

Prayers for strength and comfort Deb. My heart goes out to you during this time. Rest in Peace Bill.

Milton & Judy Smith

June 25th

The world lost a magnanimous man. Bill, you will be missed.

Tim Eastin

June 25th

Bill… you were a welcome addition to our family. You endless sense of humor and your unwavering integrity made you someone I always admired. You will be missed.

Russell &Denise Anderson

June 26th

Sorry for loss. Keeping all of family in prayers.

Tim Burnett

June 25th

Bill was a fun loving adventure driven person. He will be missed.

Don and Deb Williams

June 25th

So very sorry to hear about Bill. Was a shock to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a real good neighbor and friend.

Terry Igert

June 25th

We are truly sorry for you all!!! Bill was always fun to be around!! Praying for God's strength and comforting arms to surround you all!!!

Terri Glaspy Evans

June 25th

I am so saddened by this news Debbie, you and Bill went through so much together. Praying for God to wrap His arms around your family and give you strength though this difficult time. Take care my friend.

Walterene Pearce

June 25th

So very sorry for your loss, prayers to all..

Shane & Deanna Carder

June 25th

So sorry for your loss. Such great memories of vacationing together for years. Especially of Billy pulling us on tube only to do his best to throw us off! He was a great guy and will truly be missed.

Kim Collins Ojeda

June 25th

Oh Deb! I’m so very sorry to hear this. May God wrap his loving arms around you and bring you peace

Brent & Marie Headlee

June 25th

We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and strength for each of the family members.

Nick and Cathy Kougias

June 25th

We are all so very sorry for your loss and we are keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol Wilson Jenkins

June 25th

I have been reading the messages from family and friends. Bill is loved and respected by so many. As a family, we are blessed you brought him to us. He is the leader of your family and will be forever missed. God bless.

Shaun Hagenseiker

June 25th

So sorry to hear this. Prayers for you and your family.

Heather Ross

June 25th

My thoughts and prayers are with you all I'm so sorry for your loss he was a hell of a guy

Jill and Kevin Billingsley

June 26th

Sorry to hear of Bills passing. Thoughts n prayers for family n friends. 🙏🙏

Walterene Pearce

June 26th

So very sorry for your loss, prayers to all..

Mel and Cheri Winegardner

June 26th

So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. 💔

Jack and Freda Stanfield

June 27th

We are so sorry to hear about Bill's death, our Prayers are with you all as you work through this loss.

Jim and Aleta Tackitt

June 28th

Deb: We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Thoughts and prayers for comfort. We have watched him farm by our house many times. It was always good to talk to him. Great guy..gone too soon. Take care of yourself.

Rhesa Eckelberry

June 29th

So sorry for your loss

June 28th

Deb and grandchildren, Our deepest condolences to you all. You are in our prayers for peace and comfort. Love Mark and Tammy Kangas

Fred Harris

June 29th

So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. I will always miss his friendship.

Brandi Steele

June 30th

Oh Bill, such a kind loving soul. Hard working and always cracking jokes making Deb and I laugh every time I worked for you guys. My thoughts and prayers are heavily with your family and especially your soulmate. Rest In Peace my friend.

The Douthits

June 30th

Our deepest sympathy and prayers.



Ray, Shannon, Shad Rutland
Casey&Debra Eastin
Cathy Briscoe
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Vince Guerrettaz
All 70's Reunion
Debbie King Casell
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Parvin and Carolyn murbarger
Jim Hildebrand
Dana and Janet Franklin
Don, Jane and Darren Delaney
Dan & Cheri Gill
Bruce Cook
Troy&Kim and Carson Welty
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Tammie Vessechia
Tina Stanley
Ed & Linda Leak
Delberta Bowen
Elizabeth Zuber
Marty & Nancy Thompson
Marilyn Jones
Peggy Coble
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Mary Anne Pittman
Steve & Diana Sessions
charlie and karen sailer
Charlie and Patty Peters
Gina Martin
Larry Frost
Mark Dunnigan
Bill and Robin Atwood
Gina Douthit
Brenda Miller
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Class of 1976
David and Vicki Blackwell
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
David Eastin & Family
John and Judy Lusk
Bill and Joan Pearce
Bud and Linda Martin
Bruce & Robbin Dickey
Chad & Elizabeth Bayles
Rich and Valorie Kasten
Wayne and Diane Becker
Joanie Thompson
Debra Brewer Spillman
Rob and Debbie (Williams) Pearce
Dana & Barbara Milligan
Cheryl McCarty
Gary and Sherrie Kittle
June Payne
Pam Sessions
Scott Armstrong
Jim and Aleta Tackitt
Kim and Shari Hamilton
Meryl Woods Jr
Sue Collins
Jim Fry
Jocko Hinkle
Walt and Doloris Brewer
Gary & Terry Lane
Andy, Deirdre, Evan & Caitlin Klein
Libbie Oakes and Claire
Sharon David
Christine Williams
John & Marla Corry
Sara Wright
DONALD FRY&sheery evilsizer
Julie Lewis Kamp
Mary Reynolds
Randy & Susan Block
Kevin & Jana Henry
Mike & Denise Wood
Mike and Emily Putbrese
Ted and Angie Brentlinger
Joey and Kris Hale
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Marilyn Stanford
Dennis and Candace Goodman
Sonny and Brenda Perry
Vickie Strange
Bruce and Robbin Dickey
Jed and Chris Williams
Sammie Wickiser
Chuck & Nancy Buchanan
Myron and Gail Woomer
Class of 1994
Rob and Vicki Thompson
Norman Philli[ps
Tim Burnett
Neal & Janet Fehrenbacher
Melissa Milner & Family
David and Sue Burt
David and Linda Schymick
Dennis & Shirley Conardrd
Tara Race
Cheri Laughlin Wildbur
Ilene Jackson
Terry Igert
Tony and Barb Walters
Tony and Janice Randall
Jill and Jim Fehrenbacher
Walterene Pearce
Pam (Garrett) Brown
Bob and Marlene Smith
Becky Stanford Stocke
Doug and Becky Krutsinger
Brent & Marie Headlee
Carol Wilson Jenkins
Dale Holman
Brad & Tina Briscoe
Danny Fitzgerald
Jim & Karen Williams
Jo (Lehman) Stine
Diana & Greg Rutland
Phil & Jane Henson
Brenda Rinehart
Kevin and Linda Ray
Susan Schroeder Lemoine
Gwen Stanford
Jack and Freda Stanfield
Mary Helen (Klein) Kasten
Nancy Fulk
Sandi Bays
Gary and Sherrie Kittle
Don and Ruth Ann Lusk
Janis Sefton Hubble
Brian & Tina Pieplow
Samantha Bennett
Craig Lee
Dale Holman


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Frank & Bright Funeral Home
and Cremation Services

500 North Main Street
Flora, Illinois 62839

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