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James Clayton Kreis, 76 - November 12, 2008


James “Clayton” Kreis, 76, of Gothenburg died Sunday Nov. 9, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
A visitation was held Wednesday from 1-8 p.m. with family present from 6-8 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel at Gothenburg.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matthew Groenke officiating. Burial will take place at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Kreis was born on April 8, 1932, at Wartburg, TN, to Lewis D. and Edith A. (Bardill) Kreis.
He attended school in Wartburg and joined the U.S. Army in 1949, right before his 17th birthday, and served for three years, two month and eight days during the Korean War.
Kreis was united in marriage to Rema Headrick on Oct. 14, 1952, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wartburg. To this union, three sons were born.
He and his family moved to Nebraska in the early 1960’s settling in Hendly, later moving to Maywood and finally to Gothenburg.
Kreis had enjoyed woodworking and built many items for his family including china hutches, lawn ornaments, desks for his sons and doll houses and doll cribs for his granddaughters, according to family members.
?He was preceded in death by: his parents, Lewis and Edith; and a brother, Johnnie Kreis.
?Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Rema; his sons—Dave (Janice) of Shelton, Don (Deb) of Gothenburg and Gary (Bev) of Grant; eight grandchildren—Dan (Kara) Kreis, Dana Kreis, Daphne (James) Tidyman, Shawn (Irish) Kreis, Stephanie Kreis, Devan (Thad) Schomp, Kristina (Angel) Casillia, and Dallas Kreis; seven great-grandchildren—Katie, Ty, Zachary, Connor, Keyenna, Andre and Ethan; a sister, Juanita Smith; brothers—Arnold Kreis, M.C. Kreis, Evertt Kreis and Bill Kreis; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church, the Senior Center and the American Lung Association.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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