The Obit For Merlyn Kleen

Merlyn and Irene Kleen

Published in Press-Enterprise on September 22, 2011


Irene, age 86, went to be with the Lord Sept. 16th 2011 and her husband Merlyn, age 85, joined her 3 days later.

They were inseparable in life and so too with their passing.

They demonstrated in their marriage of almost 65 years their priorities of God and family.

Their funeral will take place on Saturday, September 24, at Faith Lutheran Church located at 28200 Portsmouth Drive in Sun City, California.

The viewing will begin at 10:00am at the church and the funeral will begin at 11:00am with a reception following. Telephone: 951-679-1518.

Survivors include son Steve (wife Janet) of Menifee, daughter Sandy (husband Fred) of Tucson Arizona, 4 grandchildren, Kristen (husband Rob), Steve (wife Whitney), Amanda, Samantha, and great granddaughter, Kylie.

Irene was born in Rockwell, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents Rev. William and Henrietta Mueller, sisters Ruth and Lois and brother Robert.

Merlyn was born in Pomeroy Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Hannah Kleen and brother Leroy.

Merlyn and Irene were members of Faith Lutheran Church for 23 years where Irene was also active in the Dorcas Circle. They were also members of the Menifee Lakes Country Club. Irene taught in the Iowa public school system for 27 years and also enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church in Des Moines.

In Merlyn's early years he was active in baseball and basketball and later became the assistant Treasurer at Iowa Power and Light in Des Moines.

In their retirement years in California they very much enjoyed the activities of their children and those of their grandchildren. They both truly enjoyed playing golf as well as card games with their many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Merlyn and Irene Kleen, may be made to The National MS Society, 2440 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 115 Los Angeles, California 90064.