Charles R. Kremla
Sep 19, 1948 – Mar 6, 2018
Preceded in death by parents, Mildred (Zacek) Kremla (1989) and Richard Kremla (1990). Survived by daughter-and son-in-law, Stephanie and Dustin Heng; brother, Mike Kremla; sister and brother-in-law, Fran and Jim Hoover and their children, PO1 Brandon Hoover (USN) and Alison Hoover; cousin, Larry Kremla (Shirley).
VISITATION: Saturday, March 10th from 9am to 10:30am at St. John Catholic Church at Creighton University, 2500 California, with MEMORIAL MASS to follow at 11am. Private Interment, Omaha National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Jesuit Academy, Josie Harper Hospice House, or Nebraska Humane Society.
Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in October of 2016, Charlie fought a courageous battle against the disease until his death on March 6, 2018.
Charlie loved his grand-dogs, Cooper (12) and Lola (6) and spoiled them every chance he got. They truly had him wrapped around their paws. They provided loving companionship to him during his illness while living with Stephanie and Dustin.
Charlie grew up in South Omaha and was a South Omaha Boy (SOB). He attended St. Rose Grade School and St. Joe High School (Class of 1966). He was a meter reader with OPPD, retiring in 2001 after 28 years of service. Following retirement, he worked for a number of years at Johnny Goodman Golf Course and most recently at Elmwood Golf Course, when his illness forced him to resign in the fall of 2017. As a teenager, he worked at Spring Lake Golf Course watering the greens at night. Those were the days before automatic sprinklers, so that meant many trips to the course each evening to move the sprinklers. That’s where he fell in love with the game of golf. He golfed all his life at many different courses, but Spring Lake was always “home” where he achieved a Hole in One on two separate occasions, Hole #6 and Hole #9. Stephanie also learned some early driving skills there driving the golf cart.
A letter from Uncle Sam arrived in 1969, inviting him to join the Army. He completed basic training at Fort Ord, California and was sent to Korea where he served as a Supply Clerk for the unit.
He made many lifelong friends through the “Vinton Commercial Club,” a local group made up of several merchants who had businesses on Vinton Street in South Omaha (Buzz Dworak, Larry Schneider, Carl Schratt, Len Jarecki, Jim and Joe Schneiderwind). For many years, several of them would take a fishing trip to Canada for two weeks. Charlie loved every minute of it.
Charlie volunteered for several years at Assumption Church and School, where Stephanie attended, and helped make dumplings for the annual Czech dinner. He also coached the seventh and eighth grade girls’ basketball teams, where he was known for his phrase, “Get Some Hands!” In addition, Charlie also volunteered at the Jesuit Middle School (now Jesuit Academy) concession stand for athletic events, providing refreshments and gate entrance assistance.
Our hearts are broken without you, but we are comforted in knowing that you are at peace and now pain free. Per Charlie’s wishes, his body was cremated after tissue donations were made to Nebraska Medicine, Pancreatic Cancer Research Studies. Private burial of ashes will be at the Omaha National Cemetery.