He was a 1974 graduate of Elyria High School and earned his degree at Lorain County Community College. Royce worked in Research and Development for Lubrizol, Noveon and BF Goodrich for a total of 37 years.
A longtime member and Deacon of the North Eaton Christian Church, he was a quiet servant, never asking, always giving. Royce was a motorcycle enthusiast in endoro and hare scrambles in his younger years, but mostly observed trials, where he served as president, secretary, treasurer and assistant photographer of Trials, Inc. The Cleveland area group was started by his father, Edwin Klein in the early 1970’s.
He enjoyed all types of motor sports and camping, but especially enjoyed the camaraderie with his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. It was not about winning, but he would rather be there to help a friend out and would have a fun ride. He was a gifted, self-taught mechanic and could be relied upon whenever needed.
Royce will be dearly missed by his wife of 31 years, Leslie Sue (nee Daniels); daughters, Amanda and Kimberly Klein (at home); son, Joseph (Rockelle) of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Nathan, Samuel and Ava; his mother, Margaret Klein (nee Horn); brothers, Douglas and William (Maria); sisters, Janet (Jeff) Pfeiffer and Susan Klein, all of Elyria and Laurie Klein of Salamanca, New York; as well as his father and mother-in-law, Harry and Marlene Daniels and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin in 1997; and a brother, Andrew in 2013.
Friends will be received Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Avenue, Elyria. Visitation will also be Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 11 A.M. until the time of a 12 Noon service at North Eaton Christian Church, 35895 Royalton Road, Grafton. Reverend Charles Butcher, Pastor, will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, 891 East Exchange Street, Akron, OH 44306.