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The passing of classmate Craig Klyve, class of '75

Klyve, Craig S.

(July 10th, 1957 - October 23rd, 2009)

Craig Klyve, our beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend, who is cherished by all who knew him, died far too early when he unexpectedly took his life on Friday, October 23, 2009. To those who knew and loved him, Craig was joyful, nurturing, playful, honest, devoted and hard-working. He loved to be active outdoors and laugh with his family and friends. He would break out in song and dance at any given moment and jump around with his "doggers" and "kitters". He took care of everyone. Craig was born on July 10, 1957 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Stanley and Cordell Klyve as the fifth of seven children. The family later moved to Madison, where Craig attended the public schools and graduated from Madison West High School in 1975. He attended Cathage College and, later, got his Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison. Upon graduation, he taught history at Belleville High School. After a short teaching stint, he began his law enforcement career with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In 1985, he transferred to the Department of Justice. There, he rose to become a director in the Department of Justice Division of Narcotics Enforcement, now part of the Division of Criminal Investigation. He most recently served as the Director of the Bureau of Investigative Services within DOJ. Craig was also a graduate of the 99th Class of the National FBI Academy. In 2002, Craig met Rebecca Weise, whom he married in 2006. Everyone who knew them knew that Rebecca was the love of his life. And he, hers. As a couple, Rebecca and Craig were inseparable. They enjoyed every moment of time they had together as a couple and with their family. As a couple, they particularly enjoyed camping and traveling. Craig was a devoted father and step father. He was always there to support the girls as they grew from young children to young women. Craig was preceded in death by his mother, Cordell, and a daughter, Heather. Craig is survived by his wife, Rebecca, his daughters, Sara Hernandez (Juan), Jenna Klyve and Kessa Klyve, his step-daughters, Emma Weise and Audrey Weise-Nelson, his father, Stanley (Susan), his siblings, Cynthia Lester, Charmian Klyve (Henry), Claudia Klyve, Camilla Klyve, Candace Carrier and Corwin Klyve, grandchildren, Juan Carlos Hernandez-Klyve and Orlando Hernandez-Klyve, as well as many nieces, nephews and scads of friends worldwide, from Monona to Australia. A visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7118 Old Sauk Rd., Madison, WI. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at ADVENT LUTHERAL CHURCH, with Visitation from 10:00 am until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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