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1969 Martin 2023

Martin Klees

October 1, 1969 — October 7, 2023

With heavy hearts, we share the passing of Marty Klees from Rochester, Minnesota.

Surrounded by his loving family at the age of 54 on October 7, 2023, Marty peacefully returned to the arms of his Savior after courageously battling glioblastoma. Marty's impact will be forever cherished, ensuring his legacy lives on.

Marty was born on October 1, 1969, in Rochester, MN. He graduated from Mayo High School and embarked on an educational journey that led him to earn an accounting degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, followed by the achievement of an MBA from Augsburg College. Throughout his professional life, he dedicated his talents to the world of finance at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Marty married the love of his life, Heather Klees, here in Rochester. Together, the two started a family, built a home, traveled, and cherished many simple moments together in between. Marty and Heather created an incredible life during their 28 years of marriage.

Marty's true calling and greatest joy were found in the role of a dedicated father. His daughters, Elizabeth, Kelly, and Lauren, were the center of his universe, and his love knew no bounds. He actively participated as a volunteer coach for their youth basketball teams and was their most fervent supporter in everything. If it involved his family, Marty was all in.

Beyond his role as dad and husband, Marty cherished life's simple joys: fishing, golfing, shooting hoops with his daughters, boating with his family, being a Minnesota sports fan, or driving around in search of bucks.

Marty was loved and cherished by many people, including his wife, Heather; his cherished children, who were his pride and joy, Elizabeth, Kelly, and Lauren; his mother, Kathy (Val) Klees; his father, Greg (Ginny) Klees; his brother, Todd (DeAnna) Klees; his sister, Amy (Dean) Medes; his nephews, Devin, Dade, and Carson; his nieces, Emily and Maddy; and his parents-in-law, Bonny Chrisope and Dean (Jules) Albertson.

Memorial donations to the family, The Shannon O'Hara Foundation, Brains Together for a Cure, or your charity of choice are preferred in lieu of flowers.

If you would like to learn about Marty's journey you can read more at Klees Family Blog, .

Marty's Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at the Ranfranz and Vine Reception Centre (5482 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901), in open house format.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Klees family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, October 21, 2023

3:00 - 6:00pm (Central time)

Ranfranz & Vine Remembrance & Reception Centre

5482 Royal Pl NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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