Clarence W. Jaeger - June 25, 2009
Clarence Wesley Jaeger, 81, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, after a short two-day stay at the Imperial Manor in Imperial, Neb.
Clarence was born Feb. 1, 1928 on the family farm 14 miles northwest of Imperial to Phillip and Christina Jaeger. He was the youngest of six children.
With only an eighth grade education and an abundance of common sense and hard work he was able to accomplish a great deal.
He also enjoyed drawing and woodworking.
Clarence grew up in agriculture and worked his entire life as a farmer in Chase County.
Clarence was sworn into the U.S. Army on May 3, 1946, at Ft. Francis E. Warren, Cheyenne, Wyo. From there he went to Ft. McClellen in Alabama for basic training. On July 17, 1946 he left Alabama and came home on leave.
While home he was united in marriage to Isla Bauerle on July 27, 1946, at her parent’s farm.
Just six days later he returned to the U.S. Army and left for Ft. Lawton in Seattle, Wash., and then to Yokahoma, Japan on Aug. 8, 1946. Most of his time in the service was spent as a cargo driver in Japan and Korea. After returning to Nebraska, Clarence and Isla resumed their life together on the farm seven miles south of Champion.
To Clarence and Isla three children were born. First came Manette in October of 1949. Next came Lloyd in July of 1952. Linda came last in November of 1955.
After 40 years on the farm, Clarence and Isla bought a home on Broadway in Imperial.
Clarence continued to farm until 2001. In January of 2001, Clarence and Isla had a farm sale which enabled them to end the row crop part of farming. Clarence, however, continued to raise cattle and took care of them just a week ago.
Clarence took great pride in planting straight rows and raising good crops. He loved his cattle and always said, “It doesn’t cost any more to raise a good cow than it does to raise an old scrub.” He kept an immaculate yard and enjoyed growing flowers and a garden. He was a nature lover and especially loved pheasants, deer, turkeys and pheasant hunting. His favorite meal was pheasant, biscuits and gravy. Later in life he served as an excellent hunting guide in and around Chase County.
Clarence was a very responsible and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Many people have said, “If Clarence is your friend, he’s the best friend you could have!”
Preceding Clarence in death is his wife of 54 years, Isla; his parents, Phillip and Christina Jaeger; one brother, Robert Jaeger and wife Muriel; one sister, Inez Thornhill and husband, Otis, of Quitman, Miss. and one sister-in-law, Charlene Ghiselli and husband, Mike, of Alameda, Calif.
Survivors include daughter, Manette Brown and husband, Don, of Imperial; son, Lloyd and wife, Nadalyn, of Poteau, Okla.; daughter, Linda Miller and husband, Tony, of Littleton, Colo.; six grandchildren, Misty Richards and husband, Shane, of Brule, David Brown and wife, Jacci, of Champion, Janel Lovitt and husband, Heath, of Owasso, Okla., Wesley Jaeger and wife, Megan, of Springfield, Mo., Tommy Miller and Joey Miller of Littleton, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, Shelby and Dashle Richards, Madison and Myla Brown and Lane and Katie Lovitt; brother, Jake Jaeger and wife, Irma, of Redmond, Wash.; sisters, Edna Gardner of Imperial and Hollis Wilson of Las Cruses, N.M.; brother-in-law, Elden Bauerle and wife, DeeAnn, of Redmond, Ore.; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, a vast number of relatives and many good friends; special friend and companion, Lola Alsbury of the Heritage of Wauneta.
Funeral services for Clarence Jaeger were held Monday, June 22, 2009, 10:30 a.m. at the Imperial Bible Church with Pastor Allen Prodoehl and Rev. Rick Snyder officiating.
Soloist was Mrs. Marcia Lindau and pianist was Mrs. Linda Varilek.
Casketbearers were Don Banks, Deloyce Spady, Jack Sines, Wayne Ferguson, Ron Berry, Randy Bartlett, John Jaeger and Dan Fuehrer.
Honorary casketbearers were Gilbert Greim, Burdette Bauerle, Terry Schutte, Bob Fanning, Bob Ahrens, Jerry Bubak, Bill Jaeger and Raymond Schultz.
Military rites were by VFW Post #4688, Imperial.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established in Clarence’s memory.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.