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Robert Kleven

March 14, 1955 ~ January 09, 2018

Service: January 13, 2018 1:30 PM
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel

Bob Kleven passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in the loving arms of his wife, Darlene Idland.

Robert Lloyd Kleven was born March 14, 1955, in Minot, North Dakota, to Lloyd and Ella Kleven.  They moved to Sidney, Montana, where Bob had many cherished childhood memories.  He was proud of his Norweign/German heritage.  After graduation, his life adventures started, and he became a man of many trades and talents; Bob was a plumber’s son and started learning the trade from an early age. He became a certified water treatment installer and was a Culligan man in North Dakota, Butte, and Missoula.  He also owned his own construction company; he could build, concrete, or plumb anything.  

Bob had four children: Wendy, Dallas, Derek, and Brandon. His life revolved around his children and he taught them how to be kind in this world. In 2006, wanting to be closer to his children, Bob took a job at Culligan Water in Bozeman where he met the love of his life, Darlene. 

His favorite aunt, Blanche, told him “Life is too short not to be happy.” He and Darlene lived that motto.   Bob enjoyed riding his Harley; they loved to ride their favorite loops.  Bob loved to cut a rug on the dance floor, when his foot started stomping and his hands started clapping, you knew it was time to “Get down and get funky”!

We will miss his great storytelling of many friends and family events, he remembered them all.  We will remember his big laugh and bigger heart.  Bob felt he lived a full life, he was easy going and always there to help family and friends.  He is now in the Lord’s arms, our loss is his gain, free of pain.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathy; and brothers, Sonny and Ed. 

He is survived by his wife, Darlene; children, Wendy Fisher, Dallas (Nikki) Howell, Derek (Jenna) Kleven, and Brandon (Allie) Kleven; grandchildren, Austin (Hannah) Fisher, Rylen Fisher, Houston and Phoenix Howell, Alexys, Jaxsen and Maddix Kleven, and Elizabeth, Ryder and Braylee Kleven; great-granddauther, Macy Fisher; sister, Susan (Darin) Kirby; and numerous nieces and nephews, particulary nephew, Karl Merk – whom he loved as a brother.  Bob also leaves behind Wayne Keppel, a valued friend and his wife, Janet.   Bob was comforted to know they would help take care of his wife.  At the end, that’s what he was concerned with – being sure Darlene was taken care of, knowing she took care of him the best she could through cancer-hell year.  

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Bozeman Health Cancer Center, 931 Highland Blvd, Ste. 3130, Bozeman, MT 59715. 

The family would like to make a special thanks to Dr. Ken May and Dr. Gyorgy Mundruczo for their expertise and dedication to help Bob this past year.  

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel.

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