William (Bill) D. Kleine, Midland College (MC) Foundation Board member and former trustee of the MC Board, passed away Friday, June, 25, 2010.
During his lifetime Bill was active in many Midland organizations. He served on the MC Board of Trustees from1980 to 2006, serving as Board Secretary, Vice President, and President. He was a member of the MC Foundation Board since 1981 and served as Foundation Board Secretary from 1996 until his death.
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. As a member of the football team, he enjoyed 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. Bill was even 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 cum laude in 1949 with a degree in Business Administration and 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 delivered the commencement address that same year.
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). His primary reason for joining them was to play basketball with their famous Phillips "66ers." After playing four years with the Phillips 66ers, Bill played one year with the Ada Oilers in Houston, Texas.
After his basketball days were over, he settled in Midland working at 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 which The Permian Corporation was formed. Bill retired as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1989.
Bill was generous in his support of many Midland organizations, serving as a member of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Cerebral Palsy Board, High Sky Children's Ranch Board of Governors, the Honorary Board of Governors of Midland Memorial Foundation, the Board of three major Midland Banks, and three Midland social clubs. He also served on the College of Engineering Council at the University of Notre Dame for approximately 10 years.
Bill was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Midland for over 55 years and served on many church boards and committees. At the time of his death, he served on The Finance Council and 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.
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