Dale Leo Klein

Dale Leo Klein

August 2, 1957 – November 14, 2022

On Monday, November 14, 2022, Dale Klein, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at age 65. He passed away unexpectedly, following complications from emergency surgery while surrounded by his family at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. 

Dale was born on August 2, 1957, in Harlan, Iowa, to Delbert and Leona (Jonsey) Klein. He was raised in Westphalia, Iowa. In his youth, Dale enjoyed playing baseball. He was especially proud when the White Sox beat the Red Sox on the 4th of July. He graduated from Harlan High School in 1975. On March 27th, 1982, he married Kris Mordhorst in Omaha. They raised two sons, Justin and Dillon.

Dale recently retired from Doll Distributing in Council Bluffs after working there for 39 years. He was initially employed as a driver, then became a salesman and team leader. He easily made friends due to his energy and charisma. His boisterous laugh was like a magnet. Everyone who met him was attracted to him. He was looking forward to traveling and spending more time outdoors during his retirement. 

Dale was a fun-loving, caring individual known to most of his close friends as Clete. He was a loyal and helpful friend. His smile and sarcastic sense of humor lifted the spirits of those in every room he walked into. He was passionate about golfing, camping, fishing, and hunting. Dale still holds the Iowa state record for catching the largest Black Crappie in 2013. When not pheasant hunting, he could be found watching Nebraska football, Storm Chasers, or the Yankees. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kris; children, Justin and Dillon; dog, Grand Champion Stella, all of Omaha; mother, Jonsey Klein of Westphalia, IA; siblings: Bev Schulte of Harlan, IA, Pam (John) Cairney of Harlan, IA, Danny (Lisa) Klein of Hartford, SD, and Daryl (Julie) Klein of Omaha; many nieces and nephews. Dale was preceded in death by his father, Delbert Klein; his father and mother-in-law, John and Virginia Mordhorst.

FAMILY RECEIVES FRIENDS: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 5:00-7:00PM, West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, November 18, 2022, 10:30AM, West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live stream of the service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button.


  • Dan, Deb and Brandon Zika Posted November 16, 2022 8:50 pm

    So sorry for your loss…one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with! Sending lots of love and prayers your whole family.

  • June Trinidad Miller Posted November 17, 2022 8:06 am

    Our deepest condolences, Kris, Justin and Dillon. Thoughts and prayers for you all at this most difficult time. May Dale’s spirit Rest In Peace.

  • Charlie and Pam Blackman Posted November 17, 2022 5:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Dale was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. Prayers to family.

  • Steve & Lisa (Alexander) Miller Posted November 17, 2022 5:19 pm

    Kris, Justin & Dillion – So very sorry that we cannot be with your tonight or tomorrow. Please know we share in your sorrow in the loss of your husband & Dad. May your memories of him bring you smiles in this time of sorrow. Love you all. Kris – Call me anytime of you need anything. Lisa “Toots”

  • Michael Messerly Posted November 18, 2022 8:37 am

    Dale you’ll be missed by many! Your sons Justin and Dillion will carry on your legacy for years to come. I always appreciated your banter about the Kansas City Royals or your second favorite team the Miami Hurricanes. We last spoke on November 5th. It was your typical crack about my team however I’ll always appreciate that. Still hard to believe you’re gone, but rest in heaven and we will see each other again soon!

  • Linda Boll Posted November 18, 2022 11:26 am

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Dale could light up a room with his laughter and sense of humor. He definitely will be missed. May all the wonderful memories you shared together bring you comfort during this difficult time. Prayers for strength and comfort in the days ahead.

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