Obituary – Neil Kluver

RANDOLPH — Neil Alan Kluver, 83, Randolph, died Sept. 26, 2016, at Colonial Manor, Randolph.

Visitation was Sept. 28 at Johnson Funeral Home, Randolph.

Funeral services were Sept. 29 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Randolph, with Rev. Howard Rasmussen officiating.

Neil Kluver

Interment was in Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, with Military Rites provided by Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113, Randolph.

Pallbearers were Ted Huetig, Rick Alderson, Brad Bargstadt, Marlin Van Slyke, Tim Kint, Neil Lackas and Roger Johnson.

Neil was born on a farm near Platte Center, Sept. 7, 1933, to Roy and Lucille (Langan) Kluver. Neil spent his entire youth in Platte County. He graduated from high school in 1951 and attended one year of college, where he met his wife, Karen (Clark), before entering the United States Navy. He served in the Naval Air Corps and was honorably discharged in 1955. Neil received a bachelor of education degree in 1957, and a master of arts degree in 1962 from Wayne College. He received a master’s degree in education in 1965 and his administrative and supervisory degree from the University of Nebraska in 1968. Neil coached and taught for three years in Walthill and South Sioux City. He moved to Randolph in 1960 and was a teacher and coach. In 1965, he became superintendent of schools and remained in that position for 28 years. He retired in 1993, and was named “Superintendent of Schools Emeritus” and received a distinguished service award from the Nebraska High Schools Activities Association. In 1996, Neil was elected to the Randolph City Council, serving as its President until 2005; he served as the Mayor of Randolph from 2005-2010. Neil married Trudy Daw July 27, 2009.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post #5291 in Wayne, American Legion Post #113 in Randolph, and the Elk’s Lodge, Yankton, S.D.

Neil is survived by his wife, Trudy; three daughters; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth (Woody) Widhalm, Ozark, Mo.; one step son, Steven May, Omaha; and one step grandchild, Aiden May, Omaha.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karen; and his daughter, Sally.