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Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church
Monday July 25th, 2022
10:00am

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Dean Kliewer

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(Vernon) Dean Kliewer

Dean was born April 1, 1933, in Fresno, CA, to Joy and Mary (Reimer) Kliewer of Reedley, CA. Dean was soon joined by his sister, Kathleen. The family attended the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church. Joy was a loan officer at the Bank of America and Mary was a nursing supervisor at the local hospital. Their active involvement in church and as church deacons and teachers instilled a strong value of faith in the lives of Dean and Kathleen as they were growing up.

Dean met his bride-to-be, Lucille Wiebe, at a church conference in Winkler, Manitoba. A group of cousins went outside to see the Northern Lights and when Dean and Lucille’s eyes connected it sparked a flame that led to a marriage of nearly 66 years. Dean was attending Immanuel High School at the time and Lucille had just completed 8th grade in Shafter, CA. Later they attended Tabor College together in Hillsboro, KS, and were married on June 29, 1956, at the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church. The wedding was officiated by Lucille’s father, the Reverend Waldo Wiebe, who was the church pastor at the time.

After Dean graduated from Tabor, they moved to Fresno, CA, for a brief time and then to Eugene, OR, where he pursued his Doctorate in Psychology. It was in Eugene that they welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Carol Anne, (1958) soon followed by Daniel Dean (1960) in Salem, OR, and then Janet Suzanne (1963) in Hillsboro where Dean became a psychology professor and tennis coach at Tabor. Soon he joined Prairie View Mental Health Center in Newton. He also served on the Hillsboro School Board. After a brief time with motorcycles he developed a passion for bicycling. He occasionally used his bike to Prairie View (24 miles). He also sold high quality bikes out of his garage and organized bicycle tour groups in the area.

In 1977, the family moved back to California and Dean began counseling from an office on Main Street. Lucille was right by his side as the office manager. It was from this office that Dean saw the importance and potential of the internet. He became an early dial-up internet service provider pioneer starting a company called Mobynet, serving hundreds of customers until cable connections became more attractive.

Growing up, Dean was a gifted piano player. He loved to play the piano at church, for the Immanuel High School Choir, and was featured on the radio at an early age. He also loved to sing in men’s chorus and quartet groups as a strong tenor.

Dean had an enthusiasm for life that was infectious. He was quick to cheer for the accomplishments of others and loved to share about what he was learning or experiencing. His love for God was clear as he enjoyed reading and discussing devotions from Rejoice nearly every morning. We will remember how his eyes filled with excitement during our conversations and the constant strength of his love for God and his family.

(Vernon) Dean Kliewer, 89, of Reedley CA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14, 2022, at the Sierra View Home surrounded by family.

Dean is preceded in death by his parents, Joy C. and Mary (Reimer) Kliewer.

Celebrating his memory are his wife Lucille (Wiebe) Kliewer; daughter Carol (and Phil) Bergen; son Daniel (and Brenda) Kliewer; daughter Janet (and Mark) Laemmlen; grandchildren John-Mark (and Jessica) Bergen, Maria (and Nick) Marzullo, Tim (and Lacey) Kliewer, Emily (and Tyler) Greer, Dustin (and Michelle) Laemmlen, Nate (and Tayler) Laemmlen, Jordan (and Amy) Laemmlen and 15 great grandchildren; sister Kathleen (and Larry) Martens as well as many extended family and friends whose lives he touched along the way.

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A Celebration of Life Service for Dean Kliewer will be held Monday, July 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church, in the Student Center. Reception with a light lunch will be served on-site following the service.

Memorials to Choice Books, Sierra View Homes Retirement Community or Multiply (formerly Mennonite Brethren Mission).


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Thinking of all of you as you grieve Dean's passing, but celebrate his life and your memories of him. Thoughts and prayers.

Beth McVicker May 23 2022 11:45 AM