Cletus J. Kremer (1918 - 2011)

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INDEPENDENCE - Cletus J. Kremer, 93, of Independence, died Sunday evening, Oct. 30, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.
Cletus was born on July 7, 1918, near Jesup, the son of John W. and Susan (Neisen) Kremer. He attended Barclay Country schools and farmed with his father near Jesup. On Jan. 25, 1940 he married Theresa K. Wirtz in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Raymond. The couple farmed in the Gilbertville and Jesup area until moving to Hazleton, Iowa in 1952 where he farmed and worked for Buchanan County, and Rath Packing Company in Waterloo.
In 1962 the family moved to Independence and in 1966, Cletus became employed as the Superintendant of Water and Sanitation Department with the City of Independence until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife Theresa Kremer, Independence, 10 children; Eugene (Valerie) Kremer, Gardiner, Mont., Kenneth (Therese) Kremer, Cedar Falls, Patricia (Richard) Struble Beloit, Kan., Larry (Carol) Kremer, Manchester, Jerry Kremer, Marshalltown, Raymond (Denise) Kremer, Waterloo, Janice (Barry) Skog, Burnsville, Minn., Roger (Connie) Kremer, Ottumwa, Connie (Dennis) Balk, Dodgeville, Wis., and Norma (Jon) Jacobsen, Cedar Rapids, 29 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, a daughter-in-law; Brenda Kremer, Grinnell, and a former daughter-in-law Rebecca Kremer, Marshalltown, a sister; Alice Hennessey, Cedar Rapids, and three brothers; Paul Kremer, Jesup, Rev. John Kremer, Delhi, and James Kremer, Waterloo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons; LeRoy and Ronald Kremer, a daughter and son-in-law; Carol and John Sheehan, and a sister; Mary Schubert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence.
Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Independence. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Reiff Funeral Home and Crematory, Independence where a rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Cletus J. Kremer Memorial Fund at BankIowa, 230 First St. East, Independence.

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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, 2011