Charley D. “Cleve” Cleveland was called home to Heaven on May 29, 2011, after a valiant battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
A long-time local business owner, Cleve touched many hearts with his compassionate and generous nature. He gave all he had to every person he met.
Cleve was born on June 22, 1934, in Tahoka, Texas, to William Doff and Mattie Flay (Swan) Cleveland. He and his seven brothers and sisters were raised in Portales, N.M.
Cleve married Louise (Snider) Cleveland in 1951, and together they had four children. Cleve later married the love of his life, Karen (Scott) Cleveland, and together they ran several businesses while enjoying their large combined family. Cleve and Karen lived in many places, including New Mexico, California and Washington, before settling in Sandpoint in the early 1980s, when they opened Cleve’s Radiator Service.
Cleve enjoyed restoring El Caminos, taking Karen dancing, listening to good country-western music, cooking for and feeding his many friends and family, and most of all, speaking of the love of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Cleve is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Karen; his children, Terri Sturde-vant, Jackie Cleveland, Mark Cleveland and Staci Repass, all of Sandpoint; Randy Cleveland of Everett, Wash., and Lisa Hull of Helena, Mont.
He is also survived by a brother Felix and a sister Florene of New Mexico, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and his special canine companions, Dolly, Duffy, and Lily Dale. He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and many friends.
Though he will be greatly missed, we know Cleve now resides safe in the arms of Jesus. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Cleve’s name to Bonner Community Hospice or Panhandle Animal Shelter.
I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give, so don’t be troubled or afraid. ~John 14:27