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Paul Kleven, 86, formerly of Hebron

Paul Kleven, 86, West Frankfort, formerly of Hebron, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at his home.

He was born June 4, 1929, to George and Esther (Konksgaard) Kleven in Chicago. 

On Aug. 31, 1957, he married Edith Hunt.

He worked for TC Industries for more than 42 years. He served as a Cub Scout leader for seven years and was a Webelos leader for five years. He enjoyed camping, was a history buff and an avid Cubs and Bears fan. He loved old cars and trains and he enjoyed many trips to the Volo Auto Museum. 

He supported many charities throughout his life, donating blood at least twice a year. He always went out of his way to help someone in need. Most of all, he loved his family and he enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include his wife; five children, Theresa (Ron) Mobley, Paul (Mary) Kleven, Mike (Esther) Kleven, Dan (Denise) Kleven and Jim (Connie) Kleven; 13 grandchildren, Heather Kleven, Paul Kleven II, Angela (Edwin) Begley, Daniel (Victoria) Kleven, Nathan Kleven, Nickolas Kleven, Tyler Kleven, Bill (Marguerite) Schuler, Jake Kleven, Sarah Kleven, Zackary Kleven, Jacob Kleven and Daniel Solis; 13 great-grandchildren, Gloria Gonzalez, Camden Begley, Marco Gonzalez, Dakota Kleven, Raymond Kleven, Sienna Begley, Julie Gonzalez, Melanie Kleven, Brandon Schuler, Bentley Kleven, Peyton Kleven, Jacob Schuler and Ava Kleven; a brother, George (Jean) Kleven; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Francis Kleven and Edward Kleven; a brother, Grant Kleven; and a sister, Ann Marie Brown.

A memorial gathering and Mass was held Jan. 30 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Woodstock. Interment was private.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.

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