Richard Earl Klesh

March 26, 1946December 27, 2020

Richard Klesh lost his long battle with Parkinson Disease and entered Eternal Life on December 27, 2020.

Rich was born on March 26, 1946 in Great Falls, Montana to Rudy and Eileen Klesh. He grew up in Great Falls and attended Montana State University. He graduated in 1969 with a degree in Business Administration. He spent most of his life working as an Independent Food Distributor in Oregon.

Rich married Marylyn Ruckwardt on February 16, 1974. The two shared over 46 years of marriage together. Rich took great pride in coaching youth sports teams, as well as being a great husband and father. He always enjoyed watching his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame. He was also a faithful volunteer at the food pantry in his community.

Rich is preceded in death by his oldest son, Christopher Klesh. He is survived by his wife, Marylyn Klesh; son, Matthew Klesh; Grandson, Avery McMyne; great grandson, Rhyden McMyne; Daughter-in-law, Penny Brandon Klesh; brother, Ray Klesh; sister, Mary Jane Vann (David); brother in-law and sister-in-law, Carl and Jackie Ruckwardt; along with 10 nieces and nephews; and 11 great nieces and great nephews.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10am at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Beaverton for close family and selected friends. The service will be live streamed for those who cannot attend. Inurnment will be at Crescent Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Matthew Food Pantry, PD Rebel Project or a charity of your choice in Rich's name. Information and link are below.


  • St. Matthew Lutheran Food Pantry
  • PD Rebel Project


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021



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Don Ford

January 21, 2021

I knew of Rich through Marylyn who was a fellow colleague at Kaiser Permanente. I know that they shared a strong bond and the traits of integrity, caring, loyalty and dependability. Rich had perserved with significant health concerns for sometime and Marylyn was there helping in her unique thoughtful way. I hope for the best for Marylyn and her son and all of Rich's family and friends.

Lauretta Young

January 17, 2021

Dear Marilyn and family

Richard was indeed an amazing individual. I remember you two fondly at my neighbors in Terra Linda and as vendors at the Cedar Mill Farmer's market. Of course working with Marilyn as a fellow clinician at Kaiser was the highlight. She was so ethical, smart, careful and carried this into her other parts of life. Your strong faith, commitment to family and dedication to each other are clear to see. May you find peace in knowing that you left the world a much better place and have a strong legacy. Lauretta ( Young)

Mike & Marsha Stewart

January 14, 2021

We will always remember you, Richard, for your faith, perseverence, great sense of humor (sometimes crazy jokes), and your strong love of our Lord and your family.

Kathy Stevens

January 10, 2021

My cousin Richard was so good about staying connected with family, and faithfully stayed in touch throughout the years with us all. Family was important to Richard always. His example will always be appreciated by those of us fortunate to be part of his extended family. “ The death of a loved one steals a part of your heart, but in Christ, it is but a temporary theft.”

Jessica Jordanoglou

January 2, 2021

Uncle Rich,
You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being such a kind human being, always willing to show love and dedication to the family.
We love you!

Houston and dorothy Keck

January 1, 2021

We miss you already, Rich! You were the best neighbor and friend a person can have. You and Marylyn lived out your Christian life in every day living. Always with a smile ready to be of help. So many happy memories.