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Bart Allen Klaus, 51, passed away October 18, 2019, at Kootenai Medical Center surrounded by his family. He had been ill for several weeks. A celebration of Bart’s life will be held at 1 p.m.  Saturday, March 7, at the Church of the Nazarene, 158 Meadow Creek Road, Bonners Ferry.

Bart was born October 17, 1968, in Lewiston, Idaho, to Donald L. and Phyllis J. Klaus. After his parents divorced in 1971, he moved with his mother and brother, Michael, to Coeur d’Alene.

His mother was remarried to Gary Jansen in 1975, and the family moved to Bonners Ferry shortly afterwards.

Growing up, Bart enjoyed all kinds of activities – hiking, fishing and camping. He loved living in North Idaho and enjoyed the outdoors all of his life.

Even as a young boy, Bart was good at fixing things – cars, lawnmowers, radios – almost anything. He was always willing to help out someone who needed something fixed. After high school he went to work in construction.

Many of his working years were spent at Bonners Ferry Glass. More recently he was a general contractor. He took pride in doing a good job for anyone he worked for.

He cherished the time he spent with his wife and family.

Bart is survived by his wife Monica, children Renee Liebfried and Thomas Klaus, step-children Craig Bilbo and Taylor Tompke, grandchildren Josh and Stevie Liebfried, Craig Jr., Jack and Waylon Bilbo, mother and step-father Phyllis and Gary Jansen, Bonners Ferry, father Donald Klaus, Lewiston, siblings Michael Klaus, Daniel Jansen, Shawn Klaus, Gerald Klaus, Lonnie Walkup, and Sheri Hirst and several nieces and nephews.

Bart will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and son and as a good friend to many. 

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