Charles Adam Klein Sr., the owner of a family heating, plumbing and air-conditioning business that employed all eight of his children, died Thursday of heart failure and diabetes at Baltimore County General Hospital. He was 67.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Klein will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9531 Liberty Road in Randallstown.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville, Mr. Klein graduated from Franklin Senior High School in Reisterstown before serving in the Army Air Force during World War II.
For 35 years, he worked for his father's contracting business before setting out on his own in 1975 with Charles A. Klein & Sons Inc. of Sykesville.
"His church and his family and his business were his life," said daughter Patricia Gladding, who serves as company treasurer. "We never had to find day care for our own kids because we could always just bring them to the office."
A big fan of football at all levels, Mr. Klein held season tickets to the Baltimore Colts for many years, interrupted his honeymoon with the former Dolores Mary Andes to attend a Notre Dame game and enjoyed watching his sons play ball in high school.
He was particularly fond of the memory of waiting at old Friendship Airport for the Colts to return from their victorious championship game against the Giants in New York in 1958.
Mr. Klein was active in the Holy Family parish, the St. Charles council of the Knights of Columbus, various plumbing, heating and air-conditioning associations, the American Legion, and Catholic War Veterans.
In addition to his wife and daughter Patricia, Mr. Klein is survived by two other daughters, Rosemarie Downey and Catherine Batista, both of Randallstown; five sons, Charles Klein Jr. of Woodstock, Michael Klein of Owings Mills, Andrew Klein and Timothy Klein of Randallstown, Richard Klein of Reisterstown; and 19 grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Camp Glow fund for retarded children of the St. Charles Council Knights of Columbus, 10019 Liberty Road, Randallstown 21133.