Obituary of Richard “Ricky” M. Klein

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Richard “Ricky” M. Klein, 68, formerly of West Stockbridge died Monday February 28, 2022 at his home with his loving wife and family. Ricky was born in Pittsfield on January 30, 1954, son of Alan and Alice (Murray) Klein. He was a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School class of 1971, and then went on to graduate from Berkshire Community College with a degree in business administration in 1973. He established Ricky’s Auto Body in West Stockbridge, operating from 1978 to 2008, alongside 9 years served as Selectman of the same town in the 90s. He then ventured into the construction industry where he started a landscaping and excavating company, Thistle-Doo Development Inc., of which he named after his mother’s greenhouse, who predeceased him. Although enjoying the work of operating his land development company until the time of his death, his craft for auto repair was never lost as he continued with personal automobile restoration projects well into his 60s. Ricky loved camping and spending time with his family, especially his two granddaughters while wintering in Sebastian FL for the past 18 years. Ricky is survived by the love of his life his wife whom he met in 1971, Ann (Carroll) Klein of Lenox, two sons, Brendan R. Klein of Pittsfield and Colby W. Klein of Lenox, one daughter, Alicia A. (Klein) Chezem and husband Rob, their daughters Audrey and Eve of Sebastian FL, two brothers, Randy Klein of MO and Doug Klein of GA, two sisters, Valerie LaVersa of NC and Dorothy Laux and husband Eddie of GA.

Family will receive friends on Thursday March 3 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South St Great Barrington MA 01230. A graveside service for Richard “Ricky” M. Klein will be held on Friday March 4 at 11:00 AM at Village Cemetery in West Stockbridge, followed by a celebration of life at the Stockbridge Sportsmen’s Club. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Ricky’s memory may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.

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