Raymond E. Kleman, 90
Raymond E. Kleman, 90, of West Bend, entered into eternal life on
Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation
Center in the town of West Bend.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1921, in the town of Trenton to Theodore and
Adela (nee Ciriacks) Kleman. On May 19, 1945, Ray was united in
marriage to Della Krause at Davidís Star Ev. Lutheran Church in
Kirchayn. Together, Ray and Della spent many years farming in the
town of Trenton. They eventually retired from farming and enjoyed 23
years as caretakers for a property in the town of Saukville. Ray also
worked part time at Lochen Equipment in Newburg. In 2000, they moved
to Cedar Ridge where they were able to enjoy their hobbies and make
many new friends. Della passed away on Sept. 18, 2011.
Ray was an active member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church where he
served on the church council for many years. He loved time with his
family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He
enjoyed woodworking, designing and making toys and gardening.
He is survived by four children, Kathy (David) Lochen of West Bend,
Judy (Darwin) Kison of Cedarburg, Cherie (Chris) Larsen of Hayward,
and Edwin (Connie) Kleman of West Bend; nine grandchildren, Jeff and
Tim Lochen, Brenda (Jeff) Halverson, Colleen (Todd) Oestreich, Ryan
(Carlene) Kison, Margo (Chris) Anderson, Peter Larsen, Stephanie
(Josh) Roth and Chris (Marnie) Kleman; and eight great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Louise (Art) Ciriacks of
West Bend; a brother-in-law, Robert Krause of Milwaukee; nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Della; a great-
grandson, Ethan Roth; three sisters, Esther (Reinhard) Beimborn,
Mabel (Herbert) Strege, and Evelyn (Elmer) Gauger; and a sister-in-
law, Lucille (Carl) Butzke.
Funeral services in remembrance of Ray will be held on Wednesday,
Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 1268 Pleasant
Valley Road, West Bend. Burial will follow in Trinity Ev. Lutheran
Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral
Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend, on Tuesday, Nov., 29 from 4
p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m.
until the time of service.
Memorials to Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church Expansion Fund are greatly
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting
the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at
The family would like to extend a special thank you to their friends
at Cedar Ridge for all of their love and support; and to the staff at
Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center and Cedar Community
Hospice for their compassion and care; it is greatly appreciated.