Larry Edward Kleven was born on April 9, 1948, in Milan, Minnesota to Wilfred and Alice Kleven, the youngest of 3 children. He graduated from Montevideo High School in 1966, later attending Moorhead State University, going on to start his own building company, Kleven Construction.
Larry met the love of his life, Sherry Livdahl, in the fall of 1972 in Montevideo, Minnesota, and got married on March 10, 1973. They were blessed with three sons, Kelly, Ryan, and Scott. His favorite place in life was his cabin on Lake Minnewaska, where he and his family spent their weekends all year round. He visited many times since his move to Colorado in 1998. Larry began working at a construction company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but shortly moved to Canon City, Colorado, where he began a family construction company, Oakwood Builders. He continued to work in construction until he retired. After that, he worked part-time as a sales representative for Turner Roofing.
He enjoyed playing golf, ice fishing, his weekly trips to the casinos in Cripple Creek, and being tormented by the Vikings every Sunday. The love he had for his family was always apparent. He had the ability to talk to anyone for hours with his storytelling and jokes and would find a new friend wherever he went.
Larry passed away peacefully at his home in Canon City, Colorado on November 10, 2021, at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; sons, Kelly (Kirsten) of Pueblo, Colorado, Ryan (Jill) of Pueblo West, Colorado, and Scott (Kristi) of Canon City, Colorado; brother, Al; sister, Vonnie; 8 grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Donations can be made in memory of Larry to the American Heart Association.
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