There will be a service at a later date. Cards of comfort may be sent to The Klettberg Family Box 342, Archerwill, Sk S0E 0B0 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Klettberg at age 85. He represented a life well lived; and was a respected man to those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Joe Klettberg, the eldest son of John and Hedwig Klettberg of Lake Lenore was born on June 10, 1935. He attended Hat Creek School up until Grade 6. In the late fifties, Joe and his brother Willie bought land west of Archerwill and started raising pigs, goats and sheep. This was not very profitable as the bears were plentiful in the bush and took their share of the animals. Joe shot many bears as they were feeding on his livestock. In 1962, Joe bought the Gordon Slind farm and took up residence there. As the years went on, he bought more quarters of land which are still in the family. In those early years Joe employed a few farm hands that became lifelong friends including Sig Hagenes, Brian Swahn, Alfred Prokosh and Patrick Kohlen. In 1965 Joe married Ilene Carlson, the youngest daughter of Dan and Lillian Carlson. Together they raised 3 children, Randy born June 13, 1967, Kelly born May 28, 1968 and Eric born July 27, 1973. Joe’s children were his pride and joy and together with Ilene, they guided them in learning the many tasks that are required to run a successful farm. When the work was done, they spent time with friends and family and enjoyed many camper trips through Western Canada with the truck camper and motorhome. As the years passed by Joe encouraged his boys to “take the reins” and with little farm work for him to do he developed a passion for gardening. Ilene and Joe spent many hours planting, weeding and processing their garden each year and enjoyed sharing all the delicious bounty with their loved ones. Joe loved the Archerwill area and appreciated all this land has to offer. He hunted over the years with his friend Donnie Schemenauer as he was the guy to help fill the freezer once more! Hunting was also a pastime he shared with his brothers, children and eventually grandchildren. Joe was an avid fisherman as was his father. He had very special memories of fishing up north along the Hanson Lake Road and Deschambeault Lake was his favorite spot. The local lakes provided opportunity for lots of fun fishing excursions with friends and family. He especially enjoyed his time at Greenwater with good friend and personal fishing guide Melvin Tkachuk. Joe’s experiences as an outdoorsman were often told in entertaining stories of which we all cherish. Joe did a bit of travel including bus trips with Ilene to the USA, and an anniversary trip to Churchill, Manitoba on the train. While in Churchill Joe was welcomed onto a grain cargo ship that was headed to Spain. In Joe’s classic way he bonded with the crew and they invited him to join them but he told them he didn’t have his passport!! Joe also toured Germany on two occasions. Visiting his homeland brought him lots of joy especially when he could talk German with all the locals. He has told many stories of his vacations to his children and grandchildren but would always add “there’s just no place as good as home”. Joe passed away peacefully with the assistance of MAID. He was surrounded by his children Randy Klettberg & wife Jennifer (Loewen), Kelly Bourgeault & husband Paul Bourgeault and Eric Klettberg & wife Shauna (Berezuik). Joe was predeceased by his parents, John and Hedwig Klettberg; sister Edith Klettberg; sister-in-law Linda Klettberg; father and mother-in-law Dan and Lillian Carlson; brothers-in-law, Frank Neigel, Archie Carlson, Bill Carlson, Carl Carlson; sister-in-law Lois Carlson; nephew Dale Carlson and niece Carolyn Shelton. He leaves to mourn his wife of 56 years, Ilene age 76; son Randy (Jennifer) Klettberg and their children, Kylie (Dallas) Funke, Jessica Klettberg, Whitney Klettberg; daughter Kelly (Paul) Bourgeault and their children, Briana Bourgeault and Madison Bourgeault; son Eric (Shauna) Klettberg and their children, Heidi Klettberg, Joey Klettberg, Janine Klettberg and Great Grandchild Kane Funke, son of Kylie and Dallas. Also left to mourn are his sisters, Mary Klettberg, Ellen Klettberg and Rosie Klettberg; brothers Willie (Dorothy) Klettberg and Manfred Klettberg; sisters-in-law Margaret Neigel, Esther (Dennis) Anaka, Sharren Carlson; brother-in-law Walter (Alvena) Carlson and numerous nieces and nephews. At Joe’s request there will not be a funeral. The family will have a private ceremony at Lakeside Cemetery, Archerwill. Auf Wiedersehen, bis wir uns wieder treffen. “Dad” You held our hands when we were small, You caught us when we fell, The hero of our childhood And latter days as well. Every time we think of you Our hearts just fill with pride, And though we’ll always miss you dad We know you’re by our side. In laughter and in sorrow In sunshine and in rain, We know you’re watching over us Until we meet again.