Nicholas Kleven, age 41, of Oak Grove, Minnesota died suddenly and unexpectedly August 20, 2023. A memorial visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sunday, August 27th at Strike Life Tributes in Isanti. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday, August 28th at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel with a visiting time also one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family or to Nick and Jess’ favorite organization where they have both sat as board members since its inception, the St. Francis Athletic Booster Club.
Nicholas Charles Kleven was born in Coon Rapids, MN on November 06, 1981 and raised in the St. Francis School District. He met his lifelong love Jessica Ann Bakken in his sophomore year of high school in 1998. Nick graduated from St. Francis High School in 2000. He continued his education and received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming and Technology in 2001. Nicholas and Jessica married on June 19, 2004. Nick again continued his education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in general Information Technology in 2006. Nicholas and Jessica welcomed their first son, Porter in 2012, then their son, Knoxwell in 2014, in 2015 Nicholas and Jessica moved back to their hometown and welcomed their daughter, Noella. Nick was the best Daddy to his children; they were truly his pride and joy. He gave them all his time, love, compassion and did everything in his power to mold them into the beautiful, kind humans that they are today. Nick was the best of the best, if you needed help, he was there. Nick took pride in his job at Fairview Information Technology where he worked for over 16 years. Nick was an award-winning homebrewer, an amazing cook, loved to golf with his boys and when he needed to, he turned into twinkle toes to perform in the father daughter dance at his daughter’s recitals. He was a very engaged member of the St. Francis community serving on the board of the St. Francis Athletic Booster Club as well as coaching 2 football teams each Fall. Coaching was a large part of who Nick was, he cared deeply for his athletes, he made lifelong friends with his athlete’s families throughout the 7 seasons of youth sports that he coached.
Nick died suddenly and unexpectedly on August 20, 2023 at the age of 41 years. Nick is survived by his wife, Jessica and their 3 children, Porter, Knoxwell and Noella. Also mourning his loss are his parents, Thomas and JoAnn Kleven; siblings, Toni Avery and Benjamin (Ashley Johnson) Kleven; grandmother, Sharon Larson; close Kleven family support system, Jamie and Lynn Kleven, Peter Johnson, Erik (Erin) Johnson, the Barsness, Knoll, Lindelof and Wold families; father-in-law, John Bakken IV; mother-in-law, Jodi (Chip) DeVries; sister-in-law, Amanda Bakken; brother-in-law, John Bakken V, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors, Fairview co-workers and youth football players. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lyle Kleven and Leslie Larson; grandmother, Deanna Kleven; aunt, Jane Kleven; and sister, Sara Kleven.