Let the memory of Marv be with us forever
  • 70 years old
  • Born on July 7, 1942 in Beloit, Wisconsin, United States.
  • Passed away on May 29, 2013 in Renton, Washington, United States.

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  This memorial website was created in the memory of Marvin (Marv) Kleven.  Marv passed on Wednesday May 29th at around 10:30PM.  Stay tuned to this site for more in the future, but for now, the details of the memorial services are listed below.

Washington State
Date: June 29th, 2013
Time: 2:00PM Pacific
Place: Faith Church 
Address: 25636 140th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98042

Date: July 7th, 2013
Time: 2:00PM Central
Place: Arkdale Church
Address: 1650 Church Street
 Arkdale, WI 54613

In leiu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following organizations.  Marv enjoyed spending his free time volunteering at Gateway Medical Alliance in Kent.  He also selected the Missionary Aviation Repair Center in Alaska as his favorite charity, as he loved Alaska and flying has always been a passion of his.

Gateway Medical Alliance

Missionary Aviation Repair Center

Posted by Kevin Airrington on 7th July 2016
Happy Birthday Marv! You are missed my friend.
Posted by Denise Arnold on 7th July 2015
Happy Birthday Marv! We love and miss you!
Posted by Carol Gohlke on 29th May 2015
Hard to believe it has been 2 years. You are missed and in our hearts forever. We were blessed to have you as long as we did. Love you dear brother!!
Posted by Jessica Kleven on 29th May 2015
You are forever missed Marv. I love you!
Posted by Ardell Toso on 3rd August 2013
Lyle and I remember Marv from Church and also Gateway Medical. Marv was such a dedicated volunteer. He would repair equipment, and bring in much needed medical supplies. He was responsible for bringing over 60 pallets of supplies,. He also brought in a "whole car" load of tubes for the tires of wheel chairs. We mean WHOLE car load, trunk, back seat front seat. We miss you !
Posted by Christina Smith on 11th July 2013
The Sunday before Marv's home-going, he and Barb made the "donut run" to bring donut holes for people coming to Faith Church that morning. Our family happened to be the ones serving coffee and donuts. The girls were so excited to see Marv, calling him the Donut Man, then listening with rapt attention to his tale about the late baker tearing into the parking lot with the church's order.
Posted by Barbara Collins on 9th July 2013
I truly miss marv coming to the Kent Farmers Market to get his Sweet Potato Pie on Saturday. I was tell one of the vendor that there is something missing and that was Marv smiling face as he walked up to my booth. Such a warm smile. I thank God for the short time I knew him. Barb,
Posted by Kathi Hennessey on 1st July 2013
I remember Marv as such a kind, gentle man. He was always had so many interesting things to talk about. But most of all I remember his gentleness and kindness to everyone he met. He loved his wife and children very much. What a wonderful legacy he left.
Posted by Hans Esteves on 1st July 2013
I wanted you all to know that I will always remember Marv with fond memories; and await the day I see him in Heaven. Maybe we will enjoy a "Brat" (Bratwurst) or two together! Thank you so much for letting my family be part of yours. And thank you all so much for your kind words. May the Lord our God bless you and keep you always.
Posted by Susan Pinkerton on 29th June 2013
Marv was a kind, caring, and inspirational volunteer in my kindergarten classroom at Meridian Elementary. Marv especially enjoyed working with the children on math skills. The kids learned so much from him and were constantly asking "when is it my turn?" Marv's excitement for math and learning truly showed in the way he cared about each and every student. Marv, we all miss you!
Posted by Mike Kovacich on 29th June 2013
Marv and I worked together during his work life at the VAMC is Seattle . He was always working to hard to keep his responsible equipment up and working for the use of the Veterans . We all give a lot to our work lives and Marv was at the top of list . He was always willing to give and go the extra time and effort . We were both calling our wives late in the day . Barb, sorry for your loss.
Posted by Jeff Reed on 20th June 2013
When I think of Marv, I think of him as a gentle giant. I only knew him at GMA but in that short time, I learned to respect him as an extremely intelligent man in his field. He filled a niche at GMA that nobody else could. What a blessing. He will be sorely missed. May God continue to bless his family.
Posted by Theresa Stolpa on 16th June 2013
Words fail to come to me at this time. We always were able to speak without using words. You are in my heart, will always be. Happy Father's Day, Dad.
Posted by Stephen Sandler on 14th June 2013
Barb, Marv stood out, not only for his height and beard, but for his kindness. There are too many stories to tell you in this limited space about our experiences, especially in China. Hopefully, I will make the services on the 29TH. My best regards to you and the family!
Posted by Alyce Elder on 14th June 2013
Barb Marv was a great man. Very caring and humble. I will miss seeing him with you. Remember though that his spirit will always be with you in your heart. Should you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to call me. You know the number!
Posted by Fredette Williams on 9th June 2013
Sorrow and shock filled our hearts at the loss of Marv's life. Such a dear friend and "Big brother" to me & my family. To Barb & the family: though these times may be filled with agony and your hearts may feel like they will never heal, just remember Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit".......Luv ya!!
Posted by Jan Harty on 7th June 2013
I loved Marv's sense of humor. I'm so glad you were able to celebrate your 40th wedding anniversary and had a great time in VA. Cherish your memories. Love you:)
Posted by Denise Arnold on 6th June 2013
Marv will be forever missed. He always made everyone feel like they were the most important. Now it is important for all of us to reflect on the good times and great memories we all had while he was here with us. RIP Marv, God Bless. My prayers are with you all, I love you and am here if you all need anything!
Posted by Brad Jordan on 6th June 2013
Barb, I'm sorry to hear about your loss! It has been a long time since we touched base but you and Marv have been a real blessing! It was a delight to connect with you both in Renton and with Mav when he came through HK. The Lord bless and keep you! Brad and Carol
Posted by Carol Gohlke on 5th June 2013
We shall miss a beloved brother and uncle who was always there for us. A phone call and he was on his way back home. Such a proud father and grandfather. Barb, Theresa, Jen, Nathan we all love you.

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