Cletus Joseph Dreckman was born Feb. 25, 1923, on a farm north of Le Mars, the son of Joseph and Magdeline (Holzman) Dreckman. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Le Mars. Following his schooling, he helped his father on the farm.
He was united in marriage to Katherine Thommes on Nov. 26, 1946, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. They farmed northwest of Oyens until 1955, when they moved to the family farm east of Le Mars. Along with growing crops, they raised cattle and hogs for many years. In 2002, they moved to Le Mars.
Cletus was a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1466 in Le Mars.
Through the years, Cletus enjoyed fishing, tending to his flowers and plants, and playing cards. Cletus was the last living member of the Holy Thursday Card Club.
He and Katherine also enjoyed taking bus trips throughout the United States and their trip to Europe to visit Luxemburg.
But most of all, he loved the times spent with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife of more than 66 years, Katherine, of Le Mars; his son: Gary (Karen) Dreckman, of Le Mars; his grandchildren: Chad (Beth) Dreckman, of Le Mars, and their children, Andrew, Brady, Logan, and Shayla, Greg (Kris) Dreckman, of Le Mars and their children, Matt, Brittney, and Erika, Kelli (Chris) Kautz, of Norfolk, Neb., and their children, Dylan, Taylor, and Mason, Sandy Dreckman (special friend, Joel Feldt), of Denver, Colo., Lori (Mark) Heneen, of Centennial, Colo., and their children, Nicolas and Evan, Leah (Robert) Terry, of Omaha, Neb., and their children, Blake and Paige; his sisters: Marilyn Phelen, of Le Mars, and Loretta Schnepf, of Le Mars; his brother-in-law: Lawrence Kellen, of Oyens; his sisters-in-law: Joan Thommes, of Omaha, Neb., and Dorothy Tillotson, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister: Doris Kellen; his brothers-in-law: Leland Phelen, Ralph Schnepf, Andrew Penning, Magnus Goebel, Bill Thommes, and Don Tillotson; and his sisters- in-law: Leona Goebel and Vitalena Penning.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Kevin Richter and the Rev. Merlin Schrad will concelebrate Mass. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 4 p.m., and a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.
The Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials can be made in Cletus's name to St. Joseph's Catholic Church Building Fund.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.