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Clayton Struempler, 73 - January 15, 2012

Clayton “Clay” W. Struempler, 73, of Loomis died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at the Phelps County Memorial Hospital in Holdrege.
Services will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel at Cozad. Burial, with military honors, will be at the Elwood Cemetery.
A visitation will take place Wednesday (today) from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home of Cozad.
Struempler was born Dec. 25, 1938, at the Buffalo community, north of Lexington, to Albert and Isabel (Dirksen) Struempler. He attended country school north of Buffalo and went on to attend High School in Oconto.
In January of 1958, he entered the U.S. Army, where he was stationed at Ft. Eustis, VA. Following his eventual discharge in January of 1961, he returned to Nebraska.
He was united in marriage to Janet Dolan at Lexington in November of 1961. The couple resided north of Lexington for a few years where he was employed with a feedlot.
Struempler and his wife moved frequently between eastern and central Nebraska where he worked at Vernon Nelson & Sons Feedlot of Loomis before settling at Thedford, where he owned and operated CJ&D Trucking for about a decade.
In 2006, he and his wife settled in the Loomis area where he was employed with Overton Sand and Gravel and T&F Sand and Gravel.
?Struempler was a very giving and welcoming person, rarely without a smile and his excellent sense of humor that allowed him to share that smile with others, according to family members. He had a zest for life and thoroughly enjoyed the time that he spent with his family and loved ones.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards and working on jigsaw puzzles.
Struempler was preceded in death by: his parents, Albert and Isabel; a nephew, Rick; a great-nephew, Dakota; sister-in-law, Earline Dewey; brother-in-law, Harold Peden.
Survivors include: his wife, Janet of Loomis; his son, David (Debby) Struempler of Kearney; five grandchildren—Dakota, Cody, Trisha, Daniel and Janet “Janie”; a brother, Keith Struempler of Kenai, AK; sister, Carol (Ralph) Hopkins of Eddyville; sister-in-law, Georgia Peden of Missouri; brother-in-law, Bob (Colly) Dolan of Overton; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and other relatives.
A memorial has been established in his memory.