KEARNEY — Clarence E. Noltensmeier, 83, of Kearney died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at his home.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney with the Rev. John Rasmussen officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Oxford Community Cemetery.

Visitation with the family present will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney.


He was born July 29, 1936, to Simon and Minna (Ziems) Noltensmeier at their home north of Holbrook. He grew up and attended school there then in 1959 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he moved to Cozad and worked at the Monroe plant.

On Aug. 2, 1964, he married Ortha Herrick and they lived in Cozad until moving to Kearney in 1967.

Clarence worked at the Josten-Wilbert Burial Vault plant in Kearney for many years then worked as a custodian at Kearney Clinic and then worked for the state of Nebraska doing maintenance at rest areas along Interstate 80.

Clarence was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and the Full Gospel Men’s group. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, the “Old Goat Patrol,” being a Boy Scout leader and having coffee with friends.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Ortha of Kearney; daughters, Delia (Dee) Durand and husband Calvin, Karen Noltensmeier, Michele Marienau and husband Kenneth, all of Kearney; sons, Daniel Noltensmeier and Adam Noltensmeier and wife Rachel, all of Kearney; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Deitz and husband Richard of Atlanta, Viola Cortee and husband Gary of Lowry City, Mo., and Lorene Russell of Bertrand; and brother, Wayne Noltensmeier of Arapahoe.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Misty Dawn; and brother, Richard.

Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or to the Boy Scouts of America.

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