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Clement Leon (Clem/Kelly) Bostwick

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NEWCASTLE — Clement Leon (Clem/Kelly) Bostwick, 76, Newcastle, died July 12, 2022, at his residence.

A celebration of his life was July 15, at Christ the King Community Church, Ponca, with the Rev. Jeff Peters officiating.

Burial was at the Maskell Cemetery, Maskell.

Pallbearers were Blake Bostwick, Troy Bostwick, Brett Bostwick, Tony Lammers, Dave Johnson, Dennis Waters, Tim Graves, Todd Bostwick, Kevin Whelchel and Jeremiah Pinkelman.

Visitation was Thursday at church in Ponca and continued Friday, one hour prior to services.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Honorary pallbearers were Lynne Wilcke, Tara Wieseler, Belinda Coble and Connie Torgerson.

Clem was born to Hugh and Adelene (Nelson) Bostwick Nov. 30, 1945, in Maskell. He graduated from Kellbert High School in 1963, and was a member of Christ the King Church, Ponca.

Clem had a heart of gold and never met a stranger. He would drop anything he was doing to assist someone who needed help. And, oh yes, he was a zealous Cornhusker football fan.

He and Sheryl Whelchel were married in California in 1966, and in 1969 they moved back to Nebraska. Their daughter, Christine Lee, was born in 1970. Clem had an absolute dedication to his daughter, Christine, and his grandchildren, Jordan, Jaci and Brittni. He spent as much time with them as time allowed.

He loved hunting and fishing; his hunting and fishing companions through the years were his dad, his brothers, his daughter, grandchildren, and many friends.

Clem was meticulous with his work; he never left a job undone. He owned and operated Bostwick Fending for 40 years. The company grew and was successful due to his great customer service ethics and his ability to hire and manage a reliable workforce. After selling his business, he became involved with several jobs in the RV business.

He was a self-taught carpenter. He remodeled several homes and he helped build his new home in Dakota City. This past year he constructed and installed three large beautiful crosses at the Maskell cemetery. Recently, Clem assisted Regie Cook in the construction of his own casket made from wood found locally. He didn’t look at death as the end, he looked forward to seeing his Heavenly Father and the loved ones who have gone on before him.

Clem is survived by daughter, Christine Peterson, Ponca; grandchildren, Jordan and Jaci Peterson, Ponca, and Brittni Staben and her children, Logan, Cameron and Jayden, Sgt. Bluff, Iowa; life partner, Marjorie Eledge, Newcastle; brother, Lionel (Chris) Bostwick, Ponca; sisters, Cleo Waters, Irene, S.D., and Trudy (Rick) Pinkelman, Maskell; numerous nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.

Clem was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sheryl; brothers, Clyde Bostwick and Roger Bostwick; sisters-in-law, Nancy, Bonnie and Sharon; and brother-in-law, Ray Waters.