The accident occurred at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, on U.S. 41, just north of Route 30. According to State Police the head-on crash was caused when the auto being driven north on 41 by Walter Hudson of Chicago, was forced to the left across the road by another northbound car traveling at a high rate of speed. Before Hudson could return to the right side of the highway, his car met head-on with the Klein's southbound car.
The driver responsible for the accident did not stop, State Police said. Hudson and his companion, W. Swift, also of Chicago, were injured.
Mrs. Klein, the former Marlene Purcell, of Schneider, popular Lowell high school graduate of 1952, and her tiny daughter are confined at St. Margaret's hospital in Hammond. Both have internal injuries. The baby was cut and bruised and Marlene suffered a fractured arm and leg and serious head injuries.
Funeral services were held at St. Edward's church, Lowell, on Wednesday, September 21, with Father Edward Boney officiating at the 10 o'clock Requiem Mass for Kenneth Klein, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Klein of Lake Village. Interment was made in the Lake Village cemetery. Sheets Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth was born at Lake Village, January 10, 1929. He was a graduate of Morocco high school, class of 1946, and attended St. Joseph's College at Rensselaer for three years.
He married the lovely Marlene Purcell on October 23, 1954, and they resided at 295 Schrum Road, Calumet City. Kenneth was employed by the Bodine Electric Company in Chicago.
Surviving with his wife, daughter and his parents are four brothers, Gerald in Shelby, Leroy of Cedar Lake, Lester and Clayton in Lake Village, and a sister, Bernadette Anna of Lake Village, besides a host of friends.
Deepest sympathy is extended the Klein and Purcell families.
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