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Clete Sharer age 88

Posted: 28 December, 2012

A Mass of Christian Burial for Clete Sharer age 88 of Wayne will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne on Saturday January 5th, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne on FridayJanuary 4th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present. A Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Interment with Military Rites in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne. He passed away Thursday December 27th, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.

Cletus Joseph Sharer
Cletus “Clete” Sharer was born on October 19, 1924 in Winner, South Dakota to William Henry and Abbie Gail (Conry) Sharer. He went to meet his Savior and Lord on December 27, 2012 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.  In 1926, his family moved to Wayne.  Clete attended Wayne Prep graduating in 1942. He attended Wayne State College and in 1943 enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After basic training, Clete was stationed briefly at Fort Lee, Virginia and then transferred to Fort Laramie, Wyoming where also he attended University of Wyoming.  He was transferred to the Aleutian Islands (Alaska) in 1944, serving on Attu until 1946 after the end of World War II. Upon returning home, he lived and worked briefly in Omaha, returning to Wayne to serve first full time and later part time in the newly created Nebraska National Guard in Wayne.  At this time, Clete met the love of his life Vona Lou Wilson who was attending college in Wayne. They were married on July 15, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne by Fr. Robert Hupp.  At that time Vona was teaching at Wayne High School and Clete had purchased and operated Sharer’s Grocery on Main Street in downtown Wayne. After several years, Clete sold the store and began working for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1984.

To their union were born four children, Timothy, Jane, Michael and Deena.  Vona served as a substitute teacher and later worked for many years at Wayne State College.   Clete used his skills as a commercial artist to paint literally thousands of signs in Wayne and the surrounding area.  Many may remember his black 1946 Chevy panel truck with his “Signvertise” logo.   Following Vona’s retirement, they spent 20 winters as residents of Apache Village in Mesa, Arizona making many friends and memories.

Cletus was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Wayne for over 86 years and for many winters of St. Bridget’s Church in Mesa, Arizona. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus earning the distinction of 4th Degree Knight. Clete assisted in both the fundraising and the physical construction of St. Mary’s School in Wayne in the early 1950s where his children attended and he served as president of St. Mary’s Men’s Club in its early years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the America Legion for over 60 years.  In 2012, Clete was awarded his 50 year membership pin from Lions International where he distinguished himself by holding many local, district and state offices and for which he received the Melvin Jones Award. He served for over 30 years with the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department and with friend Bill Kugler, started the Junior Fire Patrol in the 1960s to teach kids fire safety and first aid. Clete also worked with the Cub Scout Pack 174 during his boys’ years of participation. He served on the Wayne Planning Commission, Civil Service Commission, Wayne Baseball Association, was chair of the boards of Villa Wayne and the Wayne Vet’s Club. He participated in the Wayne Players (forerunner of Community Theatre) for many years.

Besides his family, one of Clete’s passions was Cornhusker football. He and Vona spent many years attending games with dear friends John and Margaret Melena of Wayne.  Their football pinnacle came in attending a Nebraska Orange Bowl game in the 1980s.

Cletus is survived by wife Vona Lou of Wayne; sons Timothy (BethAnn) and Michael of Wayne; daughters Jane (Gary) Karns of Lynnwood, Washington; Deena (Mark) Creamer of Aloha, Oregon; Ann Kinney of Wayne; seven grandchildren Jamie (Tyler) Fountain of Lincoln; Corbin (Hilary Warburton) Sharer of Brooklyn, New York; Josh (Morgan) Sharer of Grand Island; Matthew (Liz) Sharer of Lincoln; Zachary Karns of Lynnwood, Washington; Emily and Joseph Creamer of Aloha, Oregon; and three great-grandchildren Landon, Cozette and Kade; sister Mary Gibbs of Decatur, Alabama; sister-in-law Helen Wilson Wantz of Orchard, Nebraska; goddaughter and niece Bridget Gibbs Keown; and many other nieces and nephews. 

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents; brother James; sister Jean Ann; father and mother-in-law Wendell and Carrie Wilson; sisters-in-law Joan Sharer and Mildred Sharer; brothers-in-law Gordon Gibbs, Loren Wilson and Donald Means; niece Beth Means Janssen and nephew Charles Gibbs.
The family thanks you all for your kindnesses during Clete’s illness and passing.  We are indebted to the many who cared for Cletus at Careage of Wayne and Providence Medical Center with special gratitude to Dr. James Lindau.  

Pall Bearers                                                    Honorary Pall Bearers                                              
John Melena Jr.                                               Margaret & the late John Melena
Pat Melena                                                       Merle & JoAnn Sieler
Bill Melena                                                       Mark & Jane Ahmann
Don Hypse                                                       Ed & Dee Carroll
Nic Sieler                                                         Bill & Rae Kugler
Ken Kwapnioski                                               Nicole Bigley
       Bob & Rita McLean
                                                                        Bill & Ann Kinney
      Bill & Dorothy Schuldt
      Don & Meg Forney
      Dani Frahm
Music                                                              Officiants
Organist: Karen Kwapnioski                            Fr. Mark Beran
Cantor: Terri Hypse                                        Fr. Mark Tomasiewicz
                                                                        Fr. Don Cleary
      Deacon Pat Gross
                                                                        Deacon Gary French
                                                                        Mark Ahmann, Lector
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