Clifford E. Tillemans, 63, of Gibbon, Nebraska passed away Monday, May 31, 2021 at the Douglas County Health VA Center in Omaha.
A graveside service will be held 9:57 a.m. Friday, June 4, at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors provided by the Nebraska National Guard Funeral Honors Team in conjunction with the North Platte Funeral Honors Team. A celebration of Clifford’s life will follow at Platte Valley Brewery from 1 p.m. to ???. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.
Memorials are suggested to St. Elizabeth’s Region Medical Burn Center. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.
Clifford Eugene Tillemans was born July 18, 1957 in York, Nebraska to Lyle Jerome and Jolietta (Bousch) Tillemans. The family moved to Elm Creek and later to Kearney. He attended Kearney Catholic High School graduating with the class of 1975. Clifford began his career at West Pharmaceuticals that fall and on May 8, 1976, he was united in marriage to Susan Thompson. To this union two daughters were blessed. Clifford worked 33 years at West Company with many of those years spent on the Union Board including 10 years as Union President. Following his retirement, Clifford worked as a crossing guard for Gibbon Public Schools for several years. He never missed a Friday to give candy to the kids.
Clifford enjoyed making his own homemade brew and was an avid coin and gun collector. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sue Tillemans of Gibbon; daughters, Mandy (Brandon) Sievers of Gibbon and Brandie (Logan Jording) Lehman of Bellevue; grandchildren, Grace and Emily Sievers, Morgan Lehman and Quintin Freeman; siblings, Joe (LaRette) Tilleman of Hastings, Helen Ostdiek of David City, Polly Hahne of Overland Park, KS, Jerry (Sharon) Tillemans of Hastings, Linda (Jerry) Frerichs of Hastings, Bill (Pam) Tillemans of Grand Island, Lola (Cyle) Coffey of Riverdale, Sharon (Chris) Sedano of Red Cloud and John (Kathy) Tillemans of Ravenna; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews as well as extended family and friends.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother-in-law, Frank Ostdiek.