Cletus H. Irlbeck
Aug 24, 1935 – May 2, 2017
Preceded in death by parents, Leo and Helen; stepmother, Mary; brothers, Orville (Arlene) and Gerald (Sandy). Survived by his wife of 58 years, Wilma (Friedman); children: Kimberly Gros (Bernard), Thomas Irlbeck (Delores), Kirstin Shaefer (Mark), Kerlyn Irlbeck Hanusek, Stephen Irlbeck (Dawn), and Kathryn Byers (Michael); 17 grandchildren: Lauren and Tyler Gros; Connor, Bryan, Matthew, Annie, Christine and Michael Irlbeck; Daniel, Matthew and Jennifer Shaefer; Brandon and Christopher Hanusek; Daniel and Jessica Irlbeck; and William and Jackson Byers.
VISITATION begins Saturday, May 6th at 9:30am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am at the church. Military honors at church by American Legion Post #331. Private family interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice House, Creighton University, or St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
Clete was born in Templeton, Iowa. As the middle of three boys, he grew up on a farm where he learned the value of hard work. After turning 18, Clete enlisted in the Army. Upon his return home, he studied mathematics at Creighton University. Clete and Wilma married in 1959 and made their home in Omaha, where they began a family that grew to include six children and seventeen grandchildren.
He worked in the insurance industry for more than 40 years, most of them with Central States. He enjoyed horse racing, cards, gardening, walking, and road trips.
Clete was a man of faith and family, and we will all miss him dearly.