Clay Struempler, 73

Clay Struempler, age 73 of Loomis, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at the Phelps County Memorial Hospital in Holdrege.Clay 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 1958, Clay entered the U.S. Army, where he was stationed at Ft. Eustis, Va. Following his eventual discharge in January 1961, Clay returned to Nebraska and married Janet Dolan at Lexington that following November. The couple made their home north of Lexington for a few years, where Clay worked on a feedlot. The couple moved frequently between eastern and central Nebraska where Clay also worked at Vernon Nelson & Sons Feedlot of Loomis before settling in Thedford, where Clay owned and operated CJ & D Trucking for the better part of a decade. In 2006, the couple settled in the Loomis area, where Clay was employed with Overton Sand and Gravel and T & F Sand and Gravel.Clay was a very giving and welcoming person. He was rarely without a smile, and his excellent sense of humor allowed him to share that smile with others. He had a zest for life, and thoroughly enjoyed the time that he spent with his family and loved ones. Clay will be remembered for his great heart, and steady kindness.Clay was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards and working on jigsaw puzzles.A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Rick; great-nephew, Dakota; sister-in-law, Earline Dewey, and brother-in-law Harold PedenSurvivors include his wife, Janet of Loomis; son, David (Debby) Struempler of Kearney; five grandchildren, Dakota, Cody, Trisha, Daniel and Janet "Janie"; a brother, Keith Struempler of Kenai, Alaska; sister, Carol (Ralph) Hopkins of Eddyville; sister-in-law, Georgia Peden, Missouri; brother-in-law, Bob (Colly) Dolan, Overton; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends Services will be Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad. Burial with military honors will be in the Elwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.Berryman Funeral Home of Cozad is in charge of arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 19, 2012