‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Jim's visitation.

Jim Kleeman

Obituary of Jim Kleeman

Granby, CO - James (Jim) A. Kleeman died of a sudden heart attack on July 26, 2014. Jim was 56 years old. He leaves his wife of 20 years, Susan (Friedrich) Kleeman; his son, Stephen, his 5 sisters, 4 sister-in-laws, and their families.

Jim graduated in 1976 from St. Johns High School in St. John's MI and relocated to Colorado

where he began his career as a white water river guide. As a result of his adventures, Jim became an accomplished cook, feeding friends and family. It was during one of Jim's famous annual pig roasts when he met his wife, Sue. Jim was a gifted craftsman and was sought out for his problem solving skills. There was nothing Jim couldn't fix and his handy-man skills were known throughout the county.

For the last 18 years, Jim has been involved with some of the County's largest water treatment projects, including GC's District 1 water and sanitation plants, and was most recently an integral member of the operations team for the HSS Drinking Water project.

Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, winter sports enthusiast and enjoyed time spent with friends and family.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Jim Kleeman, please visit our flower store.


I have just heard that my dear friend, Jim Kleeman, passed away this year. We went our ways several years ago, but not a day goes by when I don't think of him. He was a spirit from days gone by--someone who embraced the "old ways" and had a difficult time dealing with a "new world". I loved him with all of my heart and I will miss him forever.

Carolyn Ambler Dec 22 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Sue and Stephen. Jim was our go-to man for 20 years. He fixed so many problems in our house--which is still a work in progress! He brought us his famous stew. He brought us elk and deer meat. We talked so many times about Stephen. He was so proud of you, Stephen. We can't believe that he is gone. It reminds all of us that we don't know how much time we have on this earth. Jim was always so positive and looked forward to each day. We must all take a lesson from him and do our best to enjoy each and every moment that we have on this earth. We will miss our friend Jim. Art and Linda Wilson Tabernash

Linda Wilson Oct 2 2014 12:00 AM

Jimmy was one of the first people we met when we moved to Grand County in 1980. We became friends right away. He was always funny, kindhearted and always there for you when you needed help. One of the funniest moments was when Jimmy came to our house to help John with a project. Our daughter Portia and friend, Sara Shane were about seven and pestering the guys. So, Jimmy asked the girls to stand together so he could have a little talk. Lo and behold, he starts wrapping the girls in duct tape, mummy style. John helped of course. The girls were laughing so hard, but they managed to walk a few steps before falling down laughing even harder! Of course, the guys did get them out of the tape, still laughing!

John and Cindy Silk Oct 1 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Sue and Stephen, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a great guy always a gentle soul, I meet him about 1978 when I moved to Granby, I was a bartender, we were like the people on Cheers a great bunch of people that had a great time together! Jim always was in a good mood, laughing telling jokes, talking hunting and fishing, and taught me some great card games, when the bar was slow. I loved his laughter and smile. I am sorry I never met you. I went into real estate then moved back to Denver, then back to Granby 2005. I seen Jim at the Granby Medical Center, where I worked before it was closed, he told me about both of you and how proud and happy he was. You both are in my prayers and may God Bless You Both at this time and always!

Patti Hawks Sep 9 2014 12:00 AM

Sue and Stephen, We are so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Jimmy. Although we've been out of touch for quiet some time, we thought of you guys often. Some of our fondest memories of Jimmy were when he would come over on Sunday's to watch football or camping up at Cabin Creek and of course the famous or was it infamous Pig Roasts where "Too Much Fun" was always had! Stephen, although we never got to know you I know in my heart that you're a great kid who had an awesome dad. We are honored to have known Jimmy and have him in our lives. Keeping you both in our thoughts and prayers and hope that you find much comfort in your many memories. Much Love, Sue & Andy Henry

Sue & Andy Henry Aug 28 2014 12:00 AM

The Woodman family has known Jim for 15+ years. He leaves a big hole in our hearts. We will definately miss his sense of humor and his unselfish giving nature. We loved to have him join us in the evenings after hunting to share stories. We will miss his "Mac nuggets" during ice fishing! We will miss getting rides on his snowmobile on the lake to the ice huts as we held on for dear life!. Since Dave and I moved here 7+ years ago, we got to see Jim at least several times a week while he watched for elk in Legacy. The last few months we got to see him almost every day. One day he came over to our house and brought us dinner out of the blue! He made it all himself, he was a great cook. Sue and Stephen please let us know if we can help. We continue to pray for you during these hard times.

Kathleen and Dave Woodman Aug 24 2014 12:00 AM

I remember the day Sue met Jim at the pig roast. She said that she just wanted to make out with him. Well, they say watch out because look what a kiss can lead to. I am so happy that you got to have Jim in your life and have Stephen to carry on the Kleeman name. Stephen, you have some big shoes to fill if you want to start having an annual pig roast. Love you Sue. Rest in peace Jim!!! Diana

Diana Buckley Aug 24 2014 12:00 AM

Sue and Stephen, My heart goes out to you guys. It had been a while since I had seen Jimmy, but I usually ran into him at the grocery store. He got a kick out of seeing me, someone he knew as a kid, starting my own family. He always said "Hello" to my son like he was an old friend of his! I have to say that my obvious memories are of Jimmy's pig roasts. I attended MANY of them as a kid and I looked forward to them every year! Jimmy always seemed like he had a big smile on his face and I loved spending time with the Kleeman family. Love you guys!!

Kritter Mckibben Aug 21 2014 12:00 AM

We not only share the same names we also shared our lives for many years. We met Jim back in the 80's and had many happy times. Of course Stephen, I'm sure you have heard lots of story's about his famous Pig Roasts. Your dad was so well liked that they just became to big. Those we're great times. Jim was ALWAYS there to help anyone at anytime. I remember one year for my birthday we we're out camping. Jimmy baked me a cake and drove it all the way out to share with me. When Stephen was born Jimmy was so thrilled to be a daddy. He worked so hard for the ones he loved, and I know how many loved him back. He will always be in our hearts and never will we forget our friend!

Jim & Sue Beck Aug 20 2014 12:00 AM