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Clifford Wiebke

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Clifford Carl Wiebke, age 91 of Nashua, IA, died Monday, February 27, 2023, at the Bartels Lutheran Home in Waverly. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2023 at St. John Lutheran Church in Nashua, IA with Rev. Todd Burrichter presiding. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nashua with Alex Wiebke, Matthew Wiebke, Shay Trask, Loran Peil, Ted Koester and Dwight Kolthoff serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Lisa Wiebke, Karla Wiebke, Jill Rowland, Cadi Trask, Rachel Bellrichard, Elizabeth Wiebke. Friends may greet the family from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory -- Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Clifford’s long and productive life began on Jan. 19, 1932, when his parents, Charles and Bauwina Wiebke, welcomed the youngest of their six children into the world in Waverly. He grew up on a farm between Allison and Greene, attended country school and then Allison High School.When his father was injured in a corn-picker accident, though, Clifford had to give up his schooling and go to work full-time on the farm, but during his Air Force days, he received his GED. Clifford served his country from 1952 to 1956, working on the "flight line," helping jets get started. As a single guy, he often got sent on top-secret assignments and had short tours in places like Midway, Greenland and England. He liked to joke that the best parts of serving on Midway, which was mostly a Navy installation, was that "we got good food and I learned to swim in the ocean." Before he entered the service, he was set up on a blind date with Verna Jakel, and it was meant to be. They stayed in touch throughout his Air Force years, and on July 15, 1956, the couple was married at St. John Lutheran Church in Nashua. Clifford and Verna moved onto her parents’ farm just west of Nashua and welcomed four children — Dennis, Dean, Linda and David. The family worked long hours on their dairy farm, but Clifford loved taking fishing trips up to Fairibault, Minnesota, or just day ones to the river. He and Verna enjoyed attending their children’s many school and community activities. After farming for almost a quarter of a century, Clifford and Verna turned the farm over to their son and moved into Nashua, where for many years he worked as a funeral assistant for Chenoweth Funeral Home. The couple also spent many winters in Phoenix, where they bonded so well with their new friends. When they started making their winter trips to Arizona, they were "the kids" in the group and usually left after Christmas and spent January down south. Then they started to leave after Thanksgiving and soon after, they were Arizona bound by Nov. 1, to beat the snow! In all seriousness, being snowbirds brought out a whole new side of Clifford. So, too, did his nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Like many grandpas, he was way more patient with them than he was with his own children! He loved to tell them stories about farm life, telling them, with a twinkle in his eye, all the time it was just "work, work, work." Clifford had many interests. In addition to fishing, he loved playing cards and only God knows how many "500" games he played in his life. He also enjoyed watching sports on television, especially Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball. And he was community minded, too. Clifford was a longtime member of the Nashua VFW post, served on the Oak Hill Cemetery Board and was a member of the St. John Church Council for many years. He also spent countless hours volunteering at the Big 4 Fair, where he was on the board of directors. He lived a good life, and all of us who knew him will miss this kind, good-natured and hard-working man. Clifford is survived by two sons, Dennis (Tracy) Wiebke of Nashua, IA, David (Polly) Wiebke of Northfield, MN; one daughter, Linda (Steve) Johnson of Cedar Falls, IA; one daughter-in-law, Anita Wiebke of Cedar Falls, IA; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Edith Kolthoff of New Hampton, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dean Wiebke; one brother Willard Wiebke; three sisters, Edna Peil, Wilma Lumley, Lois Koester.

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to all the family. I will always remember Cliff and Verna spending lots of time volunteering at the Big 4 Fair and how he loved to tease. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. With deepest sympathy for the loss of an old neighbor and family friend from many years ago.

  3. Hugs from the Johnson clan. Such fun visiting with your mom and dad on some of our Iowa visit.

  4. Best helper and friend a guy could ask for – would do anything to help in a time of need R.I.P Cliff ❤️‍🩹

  5. My parents met Cliff and Verna one winter in AZ, probably 30 plus years ago now! Together they played many hands of cards and became great friends. Verna and the whole family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  6. My prayers of strength are with all of you at this time. I was Dean’s Pastor at Bethlehem in Mason City and I know Dean would want me to remind all of you Cliffords loved ones that Christ is Risen and you will all be together again one day soon. In Christ Pastor Mark Lavrenz

  7. My Mom and Dad (Harry and Maude Voigts) always enjoyed their visits with Clifford and Verna, as we did too, when my parents lived with us and when they came to Phoenix, AZ for the winters. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Verna. God Bless. Kathy (Voigts) and Jack Stilley

  8. We met Clifford & Verna at both Jakel Family reunions as we are connected via Janet Jakel Johnston (my mom) & her dad (my gramps), Fred W. Jakel. God bless you Verna & your family as you celebrate Clifford’s life.
    Jennifer Johnston Sawyer

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