September 13, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.
Duane A. “Dewey” Kleve, 76, of Albany, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Sept. 9, 2023, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Albany American Legion.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9:45-10:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Seven Dolors gathering area in Albany. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the gathering area.
Duane Anton Kleve was born July 28, 1947, in Little Canada to Walter and Dolores (Hoppe) Kleve and grew up in St. Rosa. Dewey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and was stationed in Korea as a track vehicle mechanic until his honorable discharge in 1969. He was united in marriage to Louise “Lou Ann” Zierden June 9, 1973, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Dewey and Lou Ann made their home in Albany. They rented a farmhouse for nine years and built their new home on 5 acres southwest of Albany in 1982. They raised their family there having room to play and grow. The grandchildren loved the room to ride the four-wheeler around, and it gave Dewey room to garden, which subsequently lead to expanding the garden every year.
Dewey worked at Anderson Trucking Service for 41 years, from 1969 through 2010. After retirement, he worked at Albany Fleet Supply for five years. He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany and the Albany American Legion for over 50 years. Dewey loved tending to his garden and enjoyed going to Pioneer Days with his kids and grandkids.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Lou Ann Kleve of Albany; children Craig Kleve (Faith Thomas) of Albany, Kristie Kleve, Stephanie (Trevor) Thompson of Sauk Centre and Ann (Nathan) Welle of Sauk Centre; close family member Paul Bendel; grandchildren Parker Bendel, Jett Kleve, Emily and Ellie Wojtanowitz, and Gage and Drake Welle; step-grandchildren Garrett (Alicia), Gabriel (Maylin) and Grant (Kelsey) Thompson; step-great-grandchild Gretta Thompson; sisters Jan (Donnie) Braegelmann of Albany, Denise (Jon Hedtke) Kleve of Regal, and Deliliah (Ron) Stellmach of Foley; sister-in-law Julie Kleve of Albany; brother-in-law Lornie Middendorf; and many nieces and nephews.
Dewey was preceded in death by his parents; sister Joyce Middendorf; brother Delroy Kleve; brothers-in-law Tommy Mauritz and David Elfering; and in-laws Hubert and Agatha Zierden.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.