James E. (Jimmy) Chmelka VALPARAISO - James E. "Jimmy" Chmelka, 81, of Valparaiso, passed away Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Aug. 25, 1940 to James T. and Irma (Belik) Chmelka in Brainard. Jimmy married Marilyn Shonka on Oct. 22, 1960. To this union seven children were born. He was a lifelong farmer, member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, FCSLA and Saunders County Feeders. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Terry (Terri), Randy (Judy), Rick (Terri), Rob (Mary); daughters, Carol (Eric) Clark, Nancy (Gerard) Bartek, Tammy (Jeff) Kocian; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and brother, Don (Vikki) Chmelka). He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Irma Chmelka. Mass of Christian burial was held Sept. 24 at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Valparaiso. Memorials have been established to Saunders County Catholic Schools.
Published by Wahoo Newspaper on Oct. 14, 2021.