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Kleen, Merlyn D. and Irene L.

Merlyn D. and Irene L. Kleen Irene, age 86, went to be with the Lord September 16, 2011 and her husband Merlyn, age 85, joined her September 19, 2011, three 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, 2011 at Faith Lutheran Church located at 28200 Portsmouth Drive in Sun City, California. The Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church and the Funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following. Telephone: 951-679-1518. Survivors include son, Steve (Janet) of Menifee; daughter, Sandy (Fred) of Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren, Kristen (Rob), Steve (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. Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Hannah Kleen and brother, Leroy. Merlyn and Irene were members of Windsor Heights Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa for 34 years and then Faith Lutheran Church in Sun City, CA for 23 years. 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. They also made the trip to Tucson on 30 separate occasions to participate as volunteers at 13 all women's Golf Tournaments and 17 Fine Art and Craft Fairs in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson. 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. Arrangements by MILLER-JONES MORTUARY.