Walter Allen Klein Jr.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Walter Allen Klein, Jr passed away at the age of 80 due to complications of the COVID-19 virus.
Walter was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 4th, 1940 to Walter and Marion Klein.
He attended CBC High school and was active in their ROTC program.
In 1961 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from St. Louis University.
Later in 1961 he joined the United States Army Reserves as a corporal and was based out of Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
Walter married Eileen Hoffmann of Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO on October 12th, 1963, and had 3 children.
In his professional career he followed in his father’s footsteps as an Independent Insurance Executive and operated two insurance agencies, Commonwealth Insurance Agency and Continental American Agency, for over 50 years. He was instrumental in writing Missouri’s first surplus lines law and was a former Name at Lloyd’s of London. He enjoyed developing rural real estate in and around Franklin County, Missouri and served on multiple bank boards around the St. Louis area until his death.
His passions included the collecting and restoration of antique and classic automobiles and was active in the Horseless Carriage Club and Model T Clubs in St Louis. He loved spending time with his family and tinkering with cars at Windy Hill Farm in St. Clair, Missouri and enjoyed traveling. Walter was a giving man and always tried to help those in need. In his automotive circle he was known as “Dr. Klein” for his ability to repair almost anything. He had vision and saw value and potential in many things that others had given up on.
Walter was preceded in death by his father, Walter A. Klein, Sr. his mother, Marion Klein and his sister Maryanne Lawther.
He is survived by his wife Eileen, his three children, Walter Klein, III (Janice), Christine Sigman (Steve) and Cynthia Klein, his beloved 6 grandchildren, Mackenzie Sigman, Samantha Klein, Walter Klein IV, Caitlynn Sigman, Nicole Klein, and Ellie Sigman, his nieces Susan Lamb, Michelle Prince and Rebecca Ellwood and his partner of the last 20 years Janice Barber, her daughters Julie Barber and Kristin Barber Faris (daughter Delia Faris).
A celebration of life for friends and family will be held at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.