Floyd Joel Kliner, 64, of Euclid, MN, passed away early Friday morning, January 12, 2018, in the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Floyd had come to the Villa several weeks ago due to failing health and was comforted by the company of his loving family and the care of the wonderful staff.
Floyd was born in Crookston on March 30, 1953, the second of three children of the union of Harvey and Dorothy (Kalsnes) Kliner. He grew up on the family’s farm, near Euclid; was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid; and attended school in Warren, MN. After his graduation from Warren High School, Floyd trained as a diesel mechanic at the Moorhead Technical College. He then began working for MinDak Mack. On May 3, 1972 he entered the US Army and was honorably transferred to the US Army National Guard on November 22, 1972, where he served for another 6 years. Floyd was united in marriage to Jeanette Marie Weiland on April 28, 1973 at St. Mary’s. The couple made their home in nearby Angus, MN, and Floyd drove a truck for E.W. Wylie, which later became known as TranSystems. In 1977 they moved to the Henry and Albina Kliner farmstead near Euclid, becoming the third generation to farm the land. Together, he and Jeanette raised their 3 children: Benjamin, Anna, and Patrick. In 1996 Floyd had a heart attack and decided to retire from farming. Over the next several years he was employed by Wilkens Construction and Keith Brown Trucking until suffering his 3rd heart attack. As Floyd and Jeanette battled his ever-worsening heart failure they found themselves making more and more trips to Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. After more heart attacks and a series of small strokes, and despite living with a pacemaker and defibrillator and other experimental procedures, it became apparent that a heart transplant was becoming his final option of treatment. In 2007 he received a new heart at Mayo. He was blessed with many more years of life than he and his loving family ever thought would be possible.
Floyd was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also a 35 year member of Euclid American Post #539 and the Legion Honor Guard, and had been a member of Crookston Eagles Aerie #873 since 1974. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Knowing that his days would soon be ending, Floyd took part in his last hunt just a few short months ago.
Floyd is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Jeanette; their 3 children: Benjamin Kliner and his wife, Miriah, of Grand Forks, ND, Anna Kliner, now Sister Mary Vianney of Monastery of the Holy Name of Jesus in Denmark, WI, and Patrick Kliner and his wife, Ashley, of Grand Forks; 4 grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Jessaca, and Tanner; sister, Diane Bush of Fargo, ND; brother, Henry Kliner and his wife, Hazel, of Wilmot, SD; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Dorothy; a brother-in-law, Gary Bush; his parents-in-law, Gregory and Helen Weiland; and brothers-in-law, John Weiland, and Gregory Weiland and his wife, Doris. May Floyd’s memory forever be treasured.
Mass of Christian Burial for Floyd Joel Kliner will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, MN with The Rev. Bob Schreiner, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Tuesday from 5-7:00pm, with a prayer service and time of sharing at 7:00pm, and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by Euclid American Legion Post #539. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring.