Jonah Kletsch

Jonah Kletsch, 24, of Barnesville, completed his quick but powerful life in a snowmobile accident in Jackson, Wyoming on January 27, 2021.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Weds., Feb. 3 at Assumption Catholic Church in Barnesville  with Father Todd Arends presiding. Burial will follow at 4:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples. While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings while abiding to a 50 percent capacity at the facility. The use of face masks by attendees is required and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep your families safe. 

Due to COVID-19 limitations and restrictions, Jonah’s service will be livestreamed and recorded for those who aren’t present. To watch the livestream go to the bottom of Jonah’s obituary page and it will begin at 11 a.m, otherwise, if you wish to watch it later, the recording will become available after 2 p.m. in the recorded format also on the bottom of his obituary page. Sign the online guestbook so the family knows you were able to join them for his service. 

Jonah Aaron Kletsch was born April 29, 1996, in Fargo, ND to Joel and Jodi (Tyrrell) Kletsch. He is referred as “number 2” of the four brothers. He was baptized and confirmed at Assumption Catholic Church in Barnesville. He had an incredible faith and shared that with the people around him. He has been an altar server, a Eucharistic minister and was currently the Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus within his church.  

He attended school in Barnesville and graduated from Barnesville High School in 2014. During his high school years his “football family” meant amazing things to him. He liked to lead his teammates by example in all that he did including weightlifting.  

He attended the Alexandria Technical and Community College for two years earning a degree in machine tooling in 2016. Jonah was creative and talented with his hands. Over the years he worked at ComDel Innovations in Wahpeton. For a year and a half, he worked for Great Plains Towers and worked on cell phone towers. He was adventurous and worked two summers on salmon fishing boats in Alaska. 

Jonah influenced people’s lives through action and smiles that no one will ever forget. His hands were guided by God to create many gifts. With Jonah’s sense of craftsmanship and some guidance from his older brother he started his dream job of owning his own business. For three years he let his creativity and stubborn perseverance successfully run wild. His presence in our parish family and within our community will not go unremembered. He was a man of God. The 24 years we had Jonah in our lives we are greatly blessed to have. 

As a true disciple of Jesus... he is home now.

Jonah is survived by his parents, Joel and Jodi Kletsch of Barnesville; three brothers, Jacob Kletsch of Rothsay and James Kletsch and Jonathon Kletsch of Staples; grandparents, Stanley and Janice Tyrrell of Staples and Joanne Kletsch of Estherville, IA; Uncle/God Parent, Jim Tyrrell; Aunt/God Parent, Robin Jones and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family that loved him unconditionally.  

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ronald Kletsch and Uncle Noah Kletsch.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Barnesville High School Kletsch Fest Trade School Scholarship in Jonah’s honor.  

Online memories and condolences may be shared at

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