Dillard Klein

Dillard Klein

Wednesday, May 23rd, 1934 - Monday, December 7th, 2020
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Dillard G. Klein, 86 of Abilene passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born May 23, 1934 in Hooker, Oklahoma, the son of Solomon and Anna (Zabel) Klein. He attended the local school districts and graduated from Abilene High School in 1952. On December 30, 1956 he was united in marriage to Shirley Riffel in Ramona, Kansas. She survives of the home. In January of 1957 he was drafted into the Army which he served in peacetime overseas. Dillard worked for the ANR Pipeline Company as a control technician for over 30 years when he decided to retire early. However, he continued to work for several more years with the following companies: Jostens, Russell Stover and Holm Automotive. He enjoyed going and entering car shows, where he entered his 55 Chevy in numerous shows. He had been a member of the Emmanuel Church in Abilene for many years in which he was involved in various groups and had been the “sound guy” before the church moved to its current location.
Dillard loved working with his hands and was always ready to jump into action to help. He also took great pride in everything he did. To start out his newly married life, he built a new home (all on his own) for his young family when they lived in Illinois. He loved spending time with his grandsons and attending their various school functions through the years.
Dillard is survived by his loving wife Shirley. Two daughters, Danielle Klein of Jacksonville, Florida and Michelle Karcher (Shane) of Abilene. Six grandchildren: Robert D. Sweet II, Remy Sweet, Kale Ford, Dylan Ford, Alex Karcher and Kaylee Karcher. One great-granddaughter, Tilly. One brother, Albert Ray “Bud” Klein and a sister, Margie Carpenter. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Luella Coup.
Funeral Services for Dillard will be 2:30 P.M., Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the Emmanuel Church in Abilene with Pastor Gordon McClure officiating. Burial will follow at the Abilene City Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Friday evening at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be given to the Emmanuel Church. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW Third St., Abilene, Kansas 67410. Online condolences may be sent to
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 11th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 11th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 12th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Saturday, December 12th, 2020 2:30pm
    Emmanuel Church
    1300 N. Vine
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    Pastor Gordon McClure
  • Interment

    Abilene Cemetery
    14th Street
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Sue Atkinson Zeller

Posted at 09:36pm
A man of faith we should all aspire to be like. I will never forget when my father’s time was near that Dillard came to make sure he was right with God. Prayers for your family.

Jo Soderlund

Posted at 06:50pm
Michelle and family,
I was so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. It is so hard to lose a parent. I always enjoyed seeing your Dad and Mom driving around town in their 55 Chevy. They always looked so happy, kinda like a couple of teenagers out for a cruise.😉 Sending you hugs and heartfelt condolences.💜 Rick and Jo Soderlund.

Bruce Burnett

Posted at 02:24pm
I had the honor and privilege of both knowing and having Dilliard as a friend and neighbor. A better man I never knew, as he never once failed to be smiling and have only good words. His legacy is his dear family and the impact upon his many, many friends. He shall be as greatly missed , as certainly he was respected by all who knew him. God speed.

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