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Clarence Duane Mindrup
On Friday, May 3, 2019, Clarence Duane Mindrup, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 77. Clarence was born on August 12, 1941 in Worthington, MN to Fred and Verda (Husman) Mindrup. Following his graduation from Belgrade High School (Belgrade, Nebraska) in 1959, Clarence joined the United States Marine Corps in 1960. Clarence was united in marriage to Connie Anderson in 1966 at St John's Lutheran Church near Creston, Nebraska. Following marriage, they made their home in Platte Center, Nebraska. Clarence and Connie later lived in Columbus and then moved to rural Newman Grove, Nebraska to farm. After retiring from farming, Clarence and Connie moved to rural Crofton, Nebraska.
Clarence was a proud veteran who served in the Marines under First Battalion Platoon 105 in Japan and Okinawa. He did his basic training at Camp Pendleton in California. Clarence was a patriotic man who was proud to serve his country. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 736 in Albion, NE. Clarence was a farmer in Newman Grove, NE for 30 years. Later he was employed by Farmers Mutual of Iowa as a crop insurance adjuster.
Clarence had a passion for fishing and car racing. On Sunday afternoons, you could always find him in his recliner watching Nascar. He was a very strict, yet fair and loving father. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities. For the last several years, Connie and Clarence wintered in South Central Texas, where they made many dear friends. While in Johnson City, TX he became an active part of the RV park’s band, where he played the jig doll, or as they called it, “The Dancing Clarence”.
Clarence was survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Connie Sue Anderson; three daughters, Patricia Lestig (Mitch) of Palestine, TX, Cindy Christensen (Doug) of Wakefield, NE and Shelly Gissler (Aaron) of Louisville, NE. Five grandchildren: Travis Lestig, Matthew Christensen, Clayton Christensen, Megan Gissler and Cole Gissler. Brother Dale Mindrup (Sharon) of Yachats, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Mindup; mother, Verda (Husman) Mindrup; sister, Audrey (Mindrup) Bower; and two brothers, Willis Mindrup and Dennis Mindrup.
Clarence will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. Semper fi!
This obituary was written in loving memory by the family of Clarence Mindrup.
I was very sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed talking to Clarence and playing many hands of Sheepshead (cards) with him. All the best.
Drew Cromwell Jun 1 2019 2:46 PM
We will miss Clarence. He was a true gentleman. His wit and wisdom will be missed at the afternoon discussions at Miller Creek. We will raise a glass in his honor with all his Texas friends this fall.
Judd and Sandy Kiteley May 11 2019 2:30 PM
Clarence and I were related through marriage but remember many picnics and get togethers through our childhood years. I moved away and family no longer did their family reunions. Prayers to the family and sorry for your loss. RIP Clarence.
Shirley (Bruhn) Martys May 10 2019 5:54 PM
My mom was Clarence's Aunt Hilda...so sorry to hear....condolences to his family.
Bob Dischner May 9 2019 10:22 PM
Connie and family, Our sympathy to you at Clarence's passing to his home in heaven. We will keep you and your girls and families in our prayers in the coming days.
Marv and Janet Janssen May 9 2019 7:58 PM
Connie Mindrup and families. You have our Sympathy.
Cromwell May 9 2019 3:08 PM
Connie and family, Clarence lived with us as our hired man when I was young. Gib Janssen was our Dad, have so many wonderful memories of Clarence during those years, he was like a big older brother to us, he used to give us horsie back rides upstairs to bed and while he took one up , the other one ran down , we wore him out pretty good, he would just laugh and keep hauling us up. What a wonderful man he was. We will all meet again someday in Heaven, when we leave this body we are in the presence of the Lord, what a wonderful hope we have in Jesus.
Nancy Janssen Neemeyer May 9 2019 3:43 AM
Connie, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. We will definitely miss Clarence at Miller Creek. You and your family are in my prayers.
Neddra Haynes May 7 2019 4:11 PM
We only knew Clarence the last couple of winters here and we enjoyed his "dancing Clarence" He will be missed by many.
Mendy and Glenda Stanley May 7 2019 4:00 AM
Clarence was a fine gentleman whom spoke sparingly at the afternoon gatherings at the Watering Hole here at the Miller Creek RV park but when he did we all knew it would be something worth hearing. We'll miss his gentle wit and Clarence, we'll have a sip of scotch next fall in your memory at our Watering Hole gathering. RIP peace my friend and our thoughts and prayers will be with your dear wife, Connie.
Jim Sims May 7 2019 3:18 AM