Russell "Russ" Bernard Kliethermes

October 9, 1959 ~ May 20, 2021 (age 61)


On Thursday, May 20, 2021, Russell Bernard Kliethermes, a son, a loving father of three, a grandfather of two, a brother to nine, an uncle to many nieces and nephews, and a friend to so many, passed away in his home in Hesperia, California at the age of 61.  Russ was born October 9, 1959, in Jefferson City, MO to Clifford and Irene Kliethermes.

Russ graduated from Fatima High School in 1977 and immediately moved to California with the help and support from his sister Linda.   He married Irene O’Crotty in 1982 and were graced with three beautiful children—Justin, Casey and Megan.   In 1994 Russ and Irene parted ways but still continued to be very close and always made their family a priority. 

Russ aka (Tut) was a carpenter turned contractor for over 30 years.  He began his career working with his father.  He was a man of many skills, but construction was his passion and he turned that passion into a successful business in California—RK Construction.  He was known to be a hardworking man; yet he always found the time to enjoy life.  Whether it be hunting, fishing, re-building classic cars or just kicking back to watch a movie with his family, or spending time with friends, he made it a point to enjoy the simple things in life.

Russ is survived by his son Casey Allen Kliethermes, daughter Megan Teachon Kliethermes, two grandchildren Grayson Parker Kliethermes and Madison Skyler Kliethermes; seven siblings—Darlene (Joe) Brandt; Linda (Johnny) Baskett; Judy (Norman) Muenks; Janice Brand; Joan (Russ) Prenger; Bill (Sheila) Kliethermes; Patty (Rick) Hays; many nieces and nephews; as well as the O’Crotty family who welcomed him in with open arms as their brother and their friend!

He is preceded in death by his father Clifford Jacob Kliethermes, mother Irene Johanna Kliethermes, son Justin Ray Kliethermes, brothers Rick and Randy Kliethermes, brother-in-law Bob Brand, one nephew and three great nieces and nephews.

Russ (Tut) will be truly missed by all the lives he has touched in one way or another.  May he rest in eternal peace!

Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Morton Chapel in Linn with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Anthony Rinaldo officiating.  Inurnment will follow at Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery in Loose Creek. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Family of Russ Kliethermes. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)

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July 10, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Morton Chapel Linn
911 East Main Street
Linn, MO 65051

Celebration of Life
July 10, 2021

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Morton Chapel Linn
911 East Main Street
Linn, MO 65051

July 10, 2021

11:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Hwy A
Bonnots Mill, MO 65016


The Family of Russ Kliethermes
PO Box 77, Linn MO 65051

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