Ronald “Ron” Klein, age 67, retired pastor, and insurance agent passed away on January 17, 2024.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00AM with a time of sharing to follow at 10:30AM, Saturday, January 27 at Bismarck Community Church, 1917 Michigan Ave, Bismarck. Come with stories to share!
Raised in Mott, ND, Ron graduated from Bismarck High, Minot State University, and Fuller Seminary. He made one of his wisest choices in life when he married Nancy Iblings in 1979 (44 years of loving married life). During his long insurance career, he received numerous industry awards and designations, which could be attributed to his discipline, work ethic, and positive attitude. Humor was one of his best survival strategies in the midst of life’s difficulties and challenges. His hearty laugh and genuine smile came naturally.
Ron always found deep joy in his service to others and in organizations such as Young Life and Dakota Sonshine Ministry. He eventually completed his passion of a seminary education and ordination while carrying on with his other professional and family roles. He served various churches as interim pastor and was the winter pastor of the interdenominational Costalegre Community Church in Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico for 13 years. He and Nancy were unable to continue their service in Mexico when he received the gift of a heart transplant in 2018. This miracle happened thanks to a 29-year-old donor, Justin, and the generosity of his family. As a result of his determination and trust in God, Ron had an extraordinary recovery from the heart transplant and participated in a 5K race 13 months after his transplant. He lived an active life and enjoyed fishing and sports. Reading was a passion. Prayer was a priority. He wrote a book of spiritual reflections called "Living Him Up", rather than "living it up". You celebrate life best by celebrating the Author of life. He also wrote “8th Day Life. A Heart Transplant Recipient’s Faith Reflections”.
Ron's scripture verses for this occasion include: "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." Phil. 1:21, “Show me the Father, and that will be enough.” John 14:8, "Your love is better than life." Ps. 63:3 and “Now my eyes have seen You.” Job 42:5
Ron leaves behind Nancy; their two sons, Aaron (daughter-in-law Joan, grandchildren Micah and Makayla); and Adam; his brother-in-law, Mark Iblings (Debbie), nieces Rachel, Joelle, Bethany, and nephew Will (and their families).
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Frieda Klein; Nancy's parents, Willard and Edna Iblings; and sister in-law, Kathy Iblings.
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