Clarence Michael Wodtka (1931 - 2015)

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  • - John & Patti Taylor & family
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Clarence Michael Wodtka, 83, of Farina, formerly of St. Peter, passed away at 10:51 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with the Rev. William Emrick officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery in St. Peter. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Pagel Funeral Home in St. Peter. Memorials: St. Peter's Lutheran Church and Tuition Fund or donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Wodtka was born on Nov. 11, 1931 in St. Peter, the son of Henry and Emma (Hollmann) Wodtka. He married Jeanette Brauer on April 10, 1955, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
Clarence was a lifetime member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, St. Peter American Legion and Fayette County Farm Bureau, and held several church offices. Clarence went into the armed forces on Feb. 28, 1952, and was discharged on Nov. 28, 1953. He took basic infantry training at Fort Riley, Kansas. From there, he went to Korea, landing at Inchon on Sept. 1, 1952 and was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division. Also while in Korea, he spent three months on Koje Island, guarding North Korea prisoners. He received many medals, which include Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, United Nations Service Medal and Korean Service Medal.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Jim Wodtka and his wife Coni of St. Peter, and Kevin Wodtka and his wife Bev of St. Peter; grandchildren, Daniel Wodtka, Brian Wodtka, Sarah Hassell and Corey Hassell; and five great-grandchildren, Bailey Wodtka, Sophie Wodtka, Michael Wodtka, Nicole Hassell and Wyatt Hassell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Emma Wodtka; two brothers, Alvin and Elmer Wodtka; a sister, Selma Sasse and one grandchild, Alex Michael Wodtka.
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Pagel Funeral Home
110 W. Third St.
St. Peter, IL 62880
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Published in The Leader-Union from Oct. 7 to Oct. 14, 2015
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