August 02, 1938 - November 27, 2008
The previous oncology department at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center was in need of an upgrade. Dr. Klein was happy and grateful with the high-quality cancer treatment he received at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, but he wanted to have the quality of the surroundings match the amazing level of care.
After his death, many individuals and family members wanted to honor Dr. Klein. With generous donations from his loved ones, the Otto Klein Cancer Center opened in March 2011.
The third floor of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center was completely remodeled. It now includes two exam rooms, two treatment rooms with enough space for eight patients, a waiting area for families that includes a kitchen and supportive care counseling to help patients and families.
Dr. Otto G. Klein, Jr. age 70 of Polson passed away on Thursday November 27, 2008 at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was born August 2, 1938 to Otto G. Klein and Mary A. Klein in Helena, Montana. Otto attended Helena High School, Stanford University for his undergraduate degree, Cornell Medical School and finished his Ophthalmology residency at New York University. During Medical School, Otto traveled to Africa and worked in an Anglican Mission Hospital for six months, developing a love for Ophthalmology. He returned to medical school and focused his studies on the eye.
He married Jean Cameron in June of 1964 and divorced 1971. In 1967, Dr. Klein served two years in the United States Army Medical Corp as a captain, being awarded a Bronze Star for actions in Vietnam.
He was employed as an Ophthalmologist with the Mason Clinic in Seattle, Washington from 1971 until 1978. Dr. Klein was also a clinical professor at the University of Washington Medical School teaching Ophthalmology during this time. Dr. Klein moved to Missoula, Montana and began an Ophthalmology practice with the Rocky Mountain Eye Center in 1978 and was there until retirement in 2001. He saw patients in Rocky Mountain Eye Center clinic in Butte, Polson and Missoula.
Otto married Susan Vincent (Klein), January 5, 1980 in Missoula, Montana. Otto was a proud member of the Rotary and the Flathead Lakers. He had many hobbies, which he shared dearly with his children. These included fly fishing, bird hunting and working with his many Labrador Retrievers. After he retired Otto took up boat building producing two beautiful Chesapeake light crafts.
He is survived by his wife, Susan of Polson; his son, Donald of San Francisco, CA; his daughter, Kelley Johnson and husband, Don of Los Angeles, CA; son, Otto III and wife, Airion of Spokane WA; son, Kent of Missoula, MT; and five grandchildren, Grace Johnson, Jasper Johnson, Deacon James Johnson of Los Angeles, CA and Bivianna and Vienna Klein of Spokane, WA. He is also survived by his brother, David and wife Marilyn of Billings, MT; his cousin, Peter and wife, Cherri of Scottsdale, AZ. He was preceded in death by his brother John Klein and his father and mother.