Clarence “Bob” L. Klimek, 92 of Loup City, NE died Wednesday, February 28, 2018 with his family by his side at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2018 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. Celebrating the Mass will be Father Richard Piontkowski. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at the church with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Loup City Ambulance, St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church or donor’s choice. Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements. You can sign Bob’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.
Clarence “Bob” L. Klimek was born October 3, 1925 at Loup City, NE to Michael and Sophie (Persak) Klimek. He attended Wiggle Creek School south of Loup City and graduated with the class of 1944. He was very proud of being a Wiggle Creek Alumni. He lived and farmed his entire life in the Wiggle Creek region. He was very proud of the Wiggle Creek legend. He met his future wife, Wanda Janulewicz when just in grade school at Wiggle Creek. They married on January 28, 1947 at Loup City. Bob was a blacksmith by trade following the footsteps of his father. Together he and Wanda farmed and ranched the Klimek Homestead and raised a family until moving to Rose Lane Home. He loved to attend polka dances with Wanda and travel around Nebraska to various dance halls. They loved to listen to Bohemian music Sunday mornings and called in requests often. Bob was an irrigation pipe and seed corn dealer. He was the very first owner of a center pivot system in the area. He was active in the farm bill movement in the 1980’s and attended the march in Washington, DC. Bob was a savvy businessman and built a large productive cattle operation with the help of his family.
He was a life-long member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church. He and Wanda were just recognized as the longest married couple of the parish after celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Wanda of Loup City, NE; sons, Ron of Loup City; David (Nancy) of Grand Island, NE; and William (Stacey) of Burwell, NE; daughter, Beverly Jeanne (special friend, Adam Jiskra) Klimek of Burlingame, KS; nine grandchildren, Edward (Hollie) Klimek of Grand Island, NE; Lynn (Ryan) Fitzgerald of Lincoln, NE; Kristin Klimek of Goshen, IN; Ryan (Tina) Klimek of Burwell, NE; Allison Klimek of Springfield, NE; Tara (special friend, Eric Summerlin) Klimek of San Antonio, TX; Jordan (fiancé, Rachel Kenigsberg) Klimek of Washington, DC; Keaton Klimek of Burwell, NE; Katherine Greenwald of Burlingame, KS; five great granddaughters; three great grandsons; sisters-in-law, Eloise Riley; Loretta Bonczynski and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Josephine, Mary, Bertha, Frank and Virgil and granddaughter, Dusty Dawn Klimek.