Richie Allen Klein


Richie Allen Klein


Richie Allen Klein died tragically in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Rich was born on July 20, 1965, in Billings, where he lived his whole life. He was born to Carol and Dick Klein. In his early years, he managed several bars and restaurants. It all began with his first job at the bar and restaurant in the Northern Hotel, where he rode his 10-speed bike dressed in a white shirt and tie to the interview. In 2001, he began his career at Denny Menholt Chevrolet. He started as a salesman and worked his way up to finance manager and sales manager. Rich considered his coworkers a second family. He also ran Klein’s Flatop Grill.

Rich loved building, fixing, and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. He also enjoyed racing cars. He was the biggest Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and an avid pool and darts player. He was a natural born leader and entrepreneur. He initiated what’s known today as the VFW Auxiliary Post 1634. This is just one of the few ways Rich contributed to his community.

Rich was always the first one to help someone in need and his altruistic spirit touched the lives of so many. He had a very close relationship with his brother Dave (Becky), and was a loving son to his mother.

He married the love of his life, Kelly, on July 3, 1999, at ZooMontana. Together, they shared five children, Savannah (Baltazar), Amanda (Lee), Shayleen, Raelynn and Montgomery. His children were his pride and joy and he never missed an opportunity to boast about their accomplishments. This year, the family all experienced Disneyland for the first time together. He loved spending what time he could with his eight grandchildren, Maliyah, Macario, Javier, Mariah, Annalyse, Kamdyn, Jackson, and Carson. Rich is preceded in death by his sister Leilani Hart and his father Dick Klein.

He was loved by so many and his memory will live on forever.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at ZooMontana, with reception to follow.

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31 thoughts on “Richie Allen Klein”

  1. Eric Grider Sr.

    I am deeply sorry for your loss Kelly and family.

    Thank you so much for being there in my tough times of youth Rich. You had many struggles but always had time to help others in more ways than you’ll ever know. I will not say goodbye but rather, I’ll see you in time and thank you for who you have always been, a true and great friend.

    You will live on forever to all those who knew you and loved you. Thank you for being there Rich.

    Eric Grider Sr.

  2. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Richie was an awesome guy, and he will live on in our hearts and memories. Godspeed Richie. You will be missed by many.

  3. Christine Collar-Pelletier

    My sincere and deepest condolences to his family! I have know Richie since elementary school and have had the pleasure of hanging with him, his wonderful wife Kellie and all those that hung around riding with him. You will be truly missed by many! RIP 🙏

  4. Brian Sanderson

    Farewell old friend, until we meet again. I still remember our secret JD’s motto “it’s all about us” but with you it was truly all about everyone else. We have truly lost a great person. Have a drink with Hairboy for me will ya.

  5. Wendy Anderson

    Kelly and family – I’m so truly to hear this. You had a one in a million – not a soul disliked him. I’m praying for you and your family in this terrible time. God bless you.

  6. Kelly, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this tragic time. Love you very much! Call if you need anything.


    We knew Rich from Denny Menholt where he helped us numerous times. He was a really nice guy and will be missed. Prayers for all his family.

  8. Kelly, Dave, and 𝙵𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚕y. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could take your pain and suffering away from you. Thoughts and Prayers (TaP) Kathy Carson

  9. Kelly and Kids! You know how much you all are like a family to us and Jelly you are always like a sister to me! I love you all so much and I am so angry I can not be there for you all at the funeral! I had the pleasure of being a part of the JD’s Family and being together as family there for years and continuing our Friendship! I feel so privileged to have known Rich and his memory will never die! He is well loved by everyone and his smile lived on and his heart for always making every one smile! I love you all! Natasha Wight

  10. Kelly & family, I was saddened by your loss. We had so much fun with pool and laughs at The Reno. My prayers are with all of you.
    John Blair

  11. Bear and Paula

    Our deepest condolences to you Kelly and your family.
    Bear and I moved to Billings three years ago. Bear being a veteran the VFW was the first place we checked out. First people we met was Kelly and Rich.. Oh my!! The greeting we received was wonderful. The smiles, hugs, trading jokes and the laughter…. The instant bond of brother and sisterhood a blessing for sure.
    Rich you greeted us as though you were waiting for us to arrive.
    You will always and forever have a place in our hearts. Fly high brother
    Bear and Paula

  12. Annette Ostermiller

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Kelly and Dave. Richie was loved by so many. Truly a great soul we will miss him so much.

  13. Mike and I are so very sorry for your loss!! Another part of our Wheel family will be waiting for us. At least he is in good company with those that have gone before us! Those were such special days! Lots of love, comfort and prayers sent to you, Kelly and kids.

    With Love, Mike and Lee Peters

  14. Kelly,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs.
    Liz Degel Wynegar

  15. Tom and Colleen Barrett

    Our deepest condolences to the family for the loss of a great man.Tom and Colleen Barrett

  16. My sincere condolences to Kelly and the children. Richie was a wonderful man and had a smile on his face that was contagious. He will be sorely missed. RIP Richie while riding with the Angels above.

    Sherry Black & kid

  17. We are so sorry for your loss Kelly. Rich was not only a great manager for us but a very special friend. He will truly be missed. A great guy! Our prayers are with you. Linda and Denny Menholt

  18. kent and sue angell

    Kelly and family and friends so very sorry for your tragic loss. Praying for God’s comfort Kent and Sue Angell Andrea Wagners Mom and Dad

  19. Kelly, I am so sorry for your tragic and painful loss. Richie was “salt of the earth” with a heart of gold. you and your family are in my prayers.

  20. Still in Shock..Im Actually Speechless…but Thank You Rich for being a part of my life for so long..we and everyone around you..definately have great memories to brag about. Miss ya Buddy! My Condolences to his Entire family whether direct or extended. Just remember..He was and Is Loved by too many to list!.

  21. I was so sad to hear about Rich’s accident and death. I am out of town and will not be able to attend the funeral but know that my prayers are with you.

  22. Anna O'Donnell

    Kelly and Family,

    My dad and I send our sympathies to you. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Anna and Barry O’Donnell

  23. Leah Dahlquist

    Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. Richie was such a fun guy to be around. Prayers are being said for you and your family.

    Leah Dahlquist

  24. Richard Minkoff

    Rich was a great guy Kelly. I’m really sorry that you and your family will have to deal with it. Stay strong…

  25. Kelly, we are so sorry!! We know how much you loved Richie! He was a wonderful husband and father!
    Dave & Lynae Gilbert

  26. There are no words to describe how saddened I am for your sudden loss. My heart goes out to you your family Kelly~
    Richie was a great friend to many. He was very respected and loved. He will truly be missed!
    There is one more Angel in Heaven~

  27. Nancy Lindstrom

    My deepest condolences to the whole family. My heart is broken for you Kelly. Dave, I know you two were close and his loss hit hard. Love and prayers for you all. Nancy Lindstrom

  28. Tawnia Malcolm

    Rich was a very friendly and overall great guy. My condolence’s go out to the whole family.. Tawnia Barnes/ Malcolm

  29. Christine Scott

    Kelly and family,
    Rob and I are saddened to hear about Rich. We will greatly miss him. You and your family are in our prayers.

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