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Thomas Kleven

October 25, 1931 - February 22, 2019

Thomas Kleven Thomas “Curly” E. Kleven
ONALASKA -- Thomas “Curly” E. Kleven, 87 of Onalaska died Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.
He was born in Milwaukee, Oct. 25, 1931, to Arthur and Gertrude (Hubert) Kleven. He married Darlene M. Schrabeck in 1962. Curly graduated from Onalaska High School in 1949. Curly was a veteran of the Korean war, where he served as a medic. After the war, he worked as a mechanic for Firestone and Kmart, respectively. He then retired from Trane Company after 24 years of service. He ended his career working as a delivery driver for Festival Foods in 2017. He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post 52, where he ran the station with a mighty and proud soul.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gertrude and Arthur; his siblings, Kathy (Ray), Peg (Fred) and Jim (Karen-still living). He survived by his loving wife, Darlene; his children, Doug (Pat) Arneson, Michael (Christine) Kleven, Kathleen (Kevin) Zabel; his four grandchildren, Krystal (Benjamin) Reed, Megan (Brent) Ustby, Courtney Tester and Jessica Kleven; his siblings, Sue (Royce-passed) and Jerry (Joanne-still living); and his four great-grandchildren, Charlei, Braxton, Hazel and Marbree.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1031 Main St., Onalaska. The Rev. Lawrence Berger will officiate. Committal services, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 52 and the U.S. Army, will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Thursday morning at the church. Online guest book may be signed at
Published on February 24, 2019
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9 posts

Shelley Schrabeck
Feb 28, 2019
I will see u again someday..
Love and prayer zones
My favourite uncle..💙💚
Gary & Carol Gross
Feb 27, 2019
We were fortunate to call Tom a dear friend through Oktoberfest. Truly grateful we were able to share so many fond memories.
Sending our condolences to Darlene and family!
Bob Mason Villages Florida
Feb 26, 2019
I posted picture of class of 1950 there is 3 survivors Don poss 1st guy on left then Sam Stuhr 3ard left then me Bob Mason the 5th guy from left. All rest have passed they were all friends of Tom & Jerry. Kleven. I see Royce wife still living along with Toms wife and always remember Joan ....Jerry wife
Mary Ryan
Feb 26, 2019
I worked with Tom for many years. I appreciated his helpfulness and positive attitude and especially his humor.
Bob Mason
Feb 25, 2019
Charlie and Karen Gates
Feb 25, 2019
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family! Tom was a great guy!!
David and Sheila Engstad
Feb 24, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Bugs hugs for all.
Lisa (Hettman)
Feb 24, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I remember as a kid,walking past your house on Avon St. and anytime your Dad was outside,he'd strike up a conversation. He was always so kind,polite and full of knowledge/stories. Prayers to you and your family. Lisa
Jim Schwaegerl
Feb 24, 2019
It was an Honor to share time doing SOS breakfast and performing Honors to our Veterans with Chaplain Tom. R.I.P.