Dennis M. Klaves, 78, of Riverton, died at 7:05 am, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Vibra Hospital in Springfield, due to complications from his 19 year battle with Parkinson’s. He was born August 13, 1935 in Chicago to Clifford and Rose Strawkas Klaves. He married Bonnie J. Sembell on November 27, 1958 and she survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Denise (Gary) Stewardson of Logan, UT, Amy (Jim) Brown of Blue Mound and Julie (Matt) DeFreezer of Petersburg; two sons, Mike (Angie) Klaves of Raymond and Ben (Denise) Klaves of Springfield; twelve grandchildren; two aunts and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother and step-father, Bill Gustilov.
Dennis was a US Army veteran. He was an avid woodworker. He enjoyed gardening, collecting rocks and Indian artifacts.
He was a self-employed carpenter and owned Klaves Kustom Woodworking. He had formerly worked at Allis Chalmers.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Monday, December 16, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 11 am, Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Dr. Jonathan Dixon officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riverton United Methodist Church Memorial Tree Fund.