Clyde William Wenger, 81, of Sabetha died peacefully at home early morning of Sunday, November 13, 2011, surrounded by his family.
Clyde was the youngest of three children born to Will and Lena Wenger, born September 7, 1930. He was raised 4 miles south of Sabetha, where he attended country school before the family moved to Sabetha. He graduated High School with the class of 1948 and was a member of Sabetha’s First American Legion Baseball Team. Clyde served in the Korean War from 1951-1953 as a sergeant with an artillery unit. He and his family were proud of his military service.
Clyde and Joan A. Heideman were united in marriage at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on October 23, 1954. To this union four sons were born. Two sons died at birth, Lynn William September 20, 1955 and David Joseph on October 1, 1959. After the death of Clyde’s sister-in-law, Mary, her two children, Craig and Janis Cooper came to live with Clyde and Joan.
Clyde built and operated an alfalfa pellet plant in Falls City, Nebraska in the mid 1960’s.
Request to build pellet plants for others led to the founding of CW Mill Equipment in the late 1960’s. Clyde traveled to sell and install these pellet plants throughout the western United States. He traveled as a salesman most of his professional life.
Clyde loved bird hunting and bass fishing either with his friends or teaching his young sons to share in his passion for the outdoors. His family enjoyed listening to the adventurous stories of the Tarpon fishing trips he took to Belize with his buddies.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, his sister Lennis Wenger of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and his wife Joan Wenger who passed away June 16, 2007.
He is survived by his two sons, Tim and John, both of Sabetha. Tim’s family includes Amy Bergman, her husband Brian and their three children, Cullen, Khalea, and Gavan; daughter Bobbie and her fiancé Jason Rose; and son Camden. John’s family includes wife Joy and their children Chelsea and Darrin.
Other survivors include
brother Harvey Wenger and his wife Arleta of Sabetha,
nephew, Craig and Nancy Cooper of Kansas City, and niece, Janis Cooper of Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sabetha. A visitation will be held Tuesday evening, November 15, 2011, at Popkess Mortuary in Sabetha from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with a rosary to follow. Burial will follow at the Sabetha Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a memorial contribution to the Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice.