Cletus “Clete” John Brunnert, 69, of West Point died June 1, 2009 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point.
Funeral service for Cletus will be held Friday, June 5 at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Rev. Frank Lordemann officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm with a Public Wake and Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Memorials will be designated by the family. Online condolences may be made to www. stokelyfuneralhome.com. Stokely Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cletus was born in rural Dodge, Nebraska on August 31, 1939 to August and Anna (Heer) Brunnert. He attended District 57 School north of Beemer and St. Anthony Elementary School at St. Charles. In 1957, he graduated from Guardian Angels High School in West Point and as a young adult he attended Universal Trade School in Omaha studying automobile mechanics. Since then, he worked as an auto mechanic all of his life. He started his mechanic career working for West Point Motors and Walt Rief Auto before opening his own shop with Ralph Becker. In 1969, he proudly opened his own business, Brunnert Repair, and operated it until he became disabled in 1994.
Cletus was a member of the West Point Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, holding the office of Assistant Chief and various other positions.
Cletus was a very active member in the community. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, was involved as a Boy Scout leader for Troup 165 for several years, belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was a charter member of the Eagles F. O. E. He also served on the city park board and did extensive work building trails in Wilderness Park and was a member of the Cuming County Historical Society.
On July 10, 1965, Cletus married Donna Gronenthal at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Platte Center, Nebraska and they lived their whole life in West Point.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; children Peggy (Joel) Taylor, Beemer, Nebraska, David (Holly) Brunnert, Houston, Texas, Douglas (Kim) Brunnert, San Antonio, Texas, Mike Brunnert, Omaha, Nebraska, Lori (David) Shields, Council Bluffs, Iowa and Kevin (Sheila) Brunnert, St Joseph, Missouri; grandchildren, Emily, Zachery, Samantha, Seth and Nicholas Taylor, Haley, Ashley, Abigail and Lincoln Brunnert, Jasmine Shields, Caleb and Asher Brunnert. Other survivors include two sisters, Mary Ann (Robert) Schlickbernd, Beemer, Nebraska, Clarice Kaup, Omaha, Nebraska and one brother, Clarence (Janet) Brunert, Blair, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Brian.
Thoughts/Comments shared by others...
From Sheila and Glenn Sindelar in Wisner, NE:
Donna and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Clete was a wonderful man, such a good dad. I will remember him in his shop when Dad would bring our cars in to get fixed, always with a smile and a little time to visit. He has certainly earned his heavenly reward. We send our love and sympathy to all of your family. Sheila, Glenn, Justin, Jarett, Christina and Brandon Sindelar
From Larry and Jan Ulrich in West Point:
Donna and family,
Our sincere sympathy to all of you on loosing Clete -- when he could ride his scooter I enjoyed visiting with him in the park, He has had a long hard fight and you have all been beside him supporting him. The Lord's blessings on you as Clete goes off to his Heavenly HOme. A hug and prayers
Larry and Jan Ulrich
From Jerry and Cindy Hugo in West Point, NE:
Donna and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Clete was a wonderful example for many--as a husband, a father, for the fireman,for the boy scouts--and in many more ways. He will be greatly missed. May God blessings help each of you through this difficult time. We will always remember how much Travis enjoyed visiting with Clete after he mowed the yard. He always came home and shared his visits with us. That time was really special for Travis and Clete. Share your happy memories and the pain will ease over time.
Jerry and Cindy
From Pat and Joyce Recker in WESTPOINT NE:
DONNA AND FAMILY SO SORRY TO HEAR OF CLETES DEATH KNOW OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.
From Tom and Carla Petersen in Beemer Ne:
Donna and family
Sorry to hear of your loss. We know he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
From Fr. Mark McKercher in Neligh and Tilden, NE:
Rest now in the loving arms of the Savior, Who suffered and died so this moment might be overcome.
From Candy Repschlaeger Hinkel and family in West Point Ne:
Donna, Mike and Kevin,and Family
So sorry to hear of your Loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
From Paul and Donna Luetkemeyer in Freeburg, MO:
We are so sorry, Donna, for the loss of Clete. We pray for you and your family. We have such great memories of you and him. He had the true Brunnert personality that we all loved so much. Appreciate it in your kids. We are thinking of you.
From Micheal Shields Family in Hammond, WI:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From Dianne Krueger in Fremont Ne:
Donna and Family,
My deepest sympathies with you and your family. May Cletus rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
From Mandi Malnack in McClelland IA:
Mike and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know that he is in a better place now looking over each of you from above. May you find peace in the many wonderful memories you have of your father. God bless you and your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
From Tim and DeAnna Skrastins in Colorado Springs, CO:
Donna, Doug and Kim,
We are thinking of you during this sad time for your family. We have lovingly used the beautiful standing coat hanger that Doug's dad made for us for our wedding. Our hearts and thoughts are with you right now.
Tim and DeAnna Skrastins
Abby and Hannah
From Susan Brozik in Albuquerque, NM:
Donna and the whole family,
I am so sorry to hear that Clete has passed on. He was a wonderful family man. Some of my best memories are the times that the whole group of us would hang out at your house playing cards when we were in high school and Clete always had some good stories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
From Ron and Laurie Shields in Bennington, NE:
God will give you strength throughout the coming days. Not having had the pleasure of knowing Clete prior to his illness, it is nice to be able to read all these comments and learn more about the fine family man he was.
Deepest sympathy to the Brunnert family.
From Jill and Ken Nesladek:
Donna, You and your family are in our prayers. Have faith in knowing Clet is in peace. Blessings and Prayers
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