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John Cleven


Last updated 9/16/2014 at Noon

John Junior “ Sonny “ Cleven, 84, of Mauriceville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.

Born Aug. 5, 1930 in Utica, Wi. to John Syvernious Cleven and Josephine Freda (Rahberger) Cleven, he was owner and operator of a repair shop where he worked as a mechanic, and was also a machinist. He served his country proudly as a veteran of the United States Army from 1951 until 1959, receiving an honorable discharge. He was of the Catholic faith. John had a very strong work ethic; he enjoyed taking care of his yard and will be remembered as a very giving and generous man who enjoyed spending time with his family.

John is preceded in death by his Maw and Paw; and his sisters, Florence Wierenga, Beatrice Ender, Irene Johnson and Ella Marie Langlois.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his daughter, Cindy Boudreaux and husband, Don of Highlands; sons John Russell Cleven of Pasadena, Michael Edward Cleven of Cedar Park, Jeffrey David Cleven and wife, Makayla Khalid of Mauriceville, and William Joseph Cleven and Connie Calvert of Pasadena; sisters, Joyce Heisig, Eunice Welch and Mary Viner; brothers, Jim Cleven and wife, Marlene, Tom Cleven and wife, Joanne and Frank Cleven and wife, Kathy. John is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:15 P. M. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Honors will be provided by the Fort Sam Houston Honor Guard Team.

A gathering of John’s family and friends will be from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

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