William "Bill" D. Kleine passed away Friday, June, 25, 2010. Bill was born in Slater, Missouri on July 4, 1928. His parents were Henry and Bettye (Jeter) Kleine. He was raised in Slater and went through all his school years there. Since his mother died when he was only six months old he was partially raised by his beloved Aunt Mary Kleine. His father remarried when Bill was seven years old.
Bill attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. He was an outstanding athlete while in college. He was a member of the football team that had a 41 game winning streak and has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He was a four-year starter on Missouri Valley's basketball team, winning All-Conference Honors for three years. He was once in Ripley's "Believe It or Not" for playing a basketball game in one state for Missouri Valley in the afternoon and playing a football game for Missouri Valley in another state that night. Bill graduated in 1949 with a degree in Business Administration, graduating cum laude. Bill was a strong supporter of Missouri Valley throughout his life. He served for many years on their Board of Trustees, being a Board Member Emeritus at his death. In 1992, he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Missouri Valley and the same year delivered the Commencement Address.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Alice; his brother, Bob; his half-sister, Mary Kay; his beloved Aunt Mary; and his son, Wally.
After graduating from college Bill joined Phillips Petroleum Company (Conoco Phillips). While he had a job with Phillips, his primary reason for joining them was to play basketball with their famous Phillips "66ers". In doing this he turned down offers from several professional basketball teams including the New York Knickerbockers. After playing four years with the Phillips 66ers he played one year with the Ada Oilers in Houston, Texas. After his basketball days were over he settled in Midland working in Phillips Petroleum's Midland office in their crude oil support division.
In 1956 he joined a small crude oil trucking company - Western Oil Transportation Company. From that company The Permian Corporation was formed. Permian was basically a crude oil marketing company - a new concept in the oil fields. Bill was the Vice-President of marketing for Permian for many years. Permian was a successful company for many years. In the early 1960's it became the first Midland based company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Bill joined Permian Western Oil when they operated a total of 22 trucks. When he retired in 1989 they operated over 600 trucks and 6,000 miles of pipelines. At that time they were the largest crude oil marketing company in the United States - if not in the world. He retired from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.
During his lifetime Bill was active in many Midland organizations. Some include The Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Cerebral Palsy Board, High Sky Children's Ranch Board of Governors, Honorary Board of Governors of Midland Memorial Foundation, Midland College Board of Trustees (26 years), and Midland College Foundation Board. He served on the Board of three major Midland Banks. He also served on the Board of three Midland social clubs. He was generous in his support of many Midland organizations. Bill also served on the College of Engineering Council at the University of Notre Dame for approximately 10 years.
Bill was a member of the Catholic Church his entire life. He loved his church and his faith in Jesus Christ. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Midland for over 55 years. He served on many church boards and committees. At the time of his death he served on The Finance Council. He was also a member of the San Angelo Diocese Finance Council.
Bill was a part of the Midland "scene" for many years and will be missed. His great loves were his beloved wife Ann of 48 years and their family, his church and being a part of the Midland oil fraternity.
A Prayer Vigil has been scheduled Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at St. Ann's Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m.
A Funeral Mass has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at St. Ann's Catholic Church with Monsignor Larry Droll officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home, 801Andrews Highway, Midland, Texas 79701, (432) 683-5555. Condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com. Memorials may be directed to St. Ann's Catholic Church or a charity of one's choice.
Pallbearers will be Albert Metcalfe, III, Kelly Cox, Joseph I. O'Neil, III, Dr. Charles Younger, Van Pearcy, and Randy Geiselman. Honorary Pallbearers are Brian Boulac, David Daniel, Charles Dean, Bill Cotner, Dr. Gregory Bartha, Bill Marshall.
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