Clifford F. Strempke (1934 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE – Clifford F. Strempke, 78 years old, of Independence, died on Thursday, Feb. 7, at ABCM Rehab Independence-East in Independence. He was born on March 6, 1934, in Brandon, the son of Carl Rinerd and Margaret Alice (Hults) Strempke. He attended school in Brandon. On July 21, 1954, he and the former Norma Jean Ohl were married in Independence. Mr. Strempke then served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. When he returned home, he was a milk man for the Independence Dairy. Later he worked at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids and farmed. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Independence and the Ross-Reid American Legion Post 9 in Oelwein.
Mr. Strempke is survived by his wife of 58 years, Norma, one son, Karl (Jini) Strempke of Melbourne, Fla., three daughters, Karlita (David) Jacobsen of Independence, Linda (Ronald) Schrage of Anna, Ohio, and Tracy (Darrell) Wencke of Mays, Ind. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one brother, Carl (April) Strempke of Rustburg, Virginia; and four sisters, Jayne White of Oregon, Ill., Jo An Ramsey of Independence, Irene Kremer of Fairbank, and Ruthe Gentry of Sandpoint, Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two twin infant sons, Ronald and Donald, four brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at the White Funeral Home in Independence, with Pastor Kurt Bockoven officiating. Casket Bearers will be Ryan Strempke, Jeremiah Jacobsen, Joshua Jacobsen, Korey Strempke, Jonathan Jacobsen, Justin Jacobsen, Michael Schrage, Ben Wencke, and Josiah Jacobsen. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.
White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call for visitation from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, and from 1 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23, 2013
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