Gregory Phillip Kleven

Gregory Phillip Kleven

Gregory Phillip Kleven, 66, of Howard Lake, MN, died April 23, 2017 at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Greg was born May 4, 1950 in Minneapolis to Grace and Carl Kleven. He graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1968, and received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Moorhead State University. He worked as a sports reporter and editor for Sun Newspapers for more than 42 years, covering high school sports and other local teams for communities across the Twin Cities area including Bloomington, Richfield, Eden Prairie and St. Louis Park.
Sports were always Greg’s passion. Growing up in St. Louis Park, he was active in football, baseball and basketball. He continued his sports career at Moorhead State, where he played both football and baseball. At 6’6” tall, Greg was an intimidating asset to have on any team, but off the field he was known for his jovial, fun-loving nature and his quick wit. In his free time, he enjoyed playing golf, betting on the horse races at Canterbury Downs and watching any and all sporting events on TV.
In honor of his achievements as an athlete and journalist, Greg was inducted into six Halls of Fame and earned numerous other state and national awards.
Greg is survived by his sister, Nancy (Bob) Bratvold, East Grand Forks, MN; nieces and nephews, Randy Bratvold, Minneapolis; Julie (David) Liew, St. Paul; Kyle (Beth) Ashwill, Cokato, MN; Karissa (John) Kasella, Ransom, KS; brother-in-law, Dale Ashwill, Cokato, MN, and great nieces and nephew Amanda, Stephanie and Jake Ashwill. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandy Ashwill.
Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5, with visitation at 1 p.m. at Gearty Delmore Funeral Home in St. Louis Park.
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