OMAHA — Lewis Carl Klanderud, 97, died June 25, 2022. Lewis was born Dec. 29, 1924, in Wynot, to Carl and Anna (Nygaard) Klanderud. He was raised on a farm with his older sister, Dorothy, and younger sister, Marguerite. Lewis graduated from Wynot High School and worked on the family farm. He married Lucille Depue Aug. 6, 1945, while on leave from the United States Army. Lewis served during World War II in Okinawa, earning the rank of Sergeant.
After being honorably discharged from the service, Lucille and Lew moved to the Omaha area, first to Council Bluffs, Iowa, then after living in Hartington, for a short time, moved to the Benson area. Lewis worked for the United States Post Office. He first worked on a mail train, sorting mail on the rails between Omaha and Cheyenne, Wyo., along with his cousin, Wendell Klanderud. Lew later was the finance manager of a branch post office in Omaha. He enjoyed his time with the Post Office and the good friends with whom he worked.
Lucille and Lew were the proud parents of four children – Keri, Susan, Tim and Judy. They enjoyed many trips, pulling their pop-up camper to Yellowstone, California, and Oregon. Lew enjoyed his annual fishing trip with friends to Canada and later, family fishing trips to Minnesota. Lew also enjoyed gardening and wood working, as well as spending time with friends at the Nifty.
Lew was active in the Benson American Legion, the VFW, and the Omaha 40&8 chapter, where he served as the Chef de Gare. He enjoyed riding the 40&8 train in many summer parades in the Omaha and surrounding area.
Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille; son, Tim; son-in-law, Dale Fausset; and infant granddaughter, Hayley Fausset.
He is survived by his daughters, Keri (Tom) Comfort, Susan Adamson, and Judy (Ron Wasch) Fausset; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m., June 29, St Paul United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be Noon-1 p.m., prior to the services. Burial, with Honor Guards, will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Omaha.
Memorials may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.