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Carl O Klein
(January 27, 1940 - November 22, 2013)

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Carl O Klein

Oceanport NJ: Carl O. Klein, 73 died Friday at his companion’s home in Neptune. Born and raised in Stockton, Carl had lived in Oceanport for over 40 years and had just recently moved back to Stockton.

A graduate of Lambertville High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960. He was in the 817th Air Division and the 715th Strategic Bomber Squadron of the 509th Bomb Wing. During the Cuban Missile Crisis 1st Lieutenant Klein was one of the pilots positioned on American tarmacs in armed standby, awaiting orders from former President John F. Kennedy.

In 1965 he graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Florida, where he received his Commercial Airline Pilots License. He spent his career with American Airlines retiring in 1994 with over 29 years of service retiring as Captain. He was best known for his expertise in flying 727’s and was one of the last classes of pilots that flew without total computer aided navigation. He was a member of the Grey Eagles, an organization for retired American Airline pilots.

Son of the late Otto Klein and Virginia Giacondo Colligan, he is survived by his companion of 25 years, Lorraine Smith, a number of cousins and many friends.

Funeral services will be celebrated Wednesday November 27 at 11:00 am at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St. Rt. 179 Lambertville. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 6-9 pm at the funeral home.

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