Cletus H. Irlbeck

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.




  • Kathy urzendowski Posted May 4, 2017 7:30 am

    To the family I want to say how sorry I am for your lost of a wonderful person. Now you all have a very special Angel.

  • Doris Riordan Posted May 4, 2017 7:34 am

    A good man who was blessed with a good wife and family. Our condolences to all. Doris and Pat

  • Karen Irlbeck Blaha Posted May 4, 2017 10:08 am

    Wilma and family, my sincere sympathy to all of you.

  • Pauline Pedroza Posted May 4, 2017 12:47 pm

    Wilma and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will miss our neighbor Clete, what a wonderful man he was. May he rest in peace.

  • The Costa Family Posted May 7, 2017 7:07 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Irlbeck Family. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind can imagine what God has prepared for those who Love Him.” (1st Cor 2:9)

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