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“Carol sorry for your loss ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Donald Fruesen - Grand island, NE

“So sorry for your loss Carol! Thank you for your many years of keeping ourfamily together. You were a good wife for my dad and I think we can agree...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: cecelia moran - guntersville, AL

“We are sorry for your loss. Clarence was a wonderful grandpa, he will be missed. He always had a great sense of humor and knew how to make you...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Mndy Littlejohn - Grand Island, NE


Clarence Eugene Buck (Popeye) was born on February 8, 1940 at Greeley, NE to Thomas and Cecelia (Hust) Buck. He grew up in Greeley and attended Greeley Sacred Heart graduating in 1959.

Clarence then joined the Navy from 1959-1969 where he was a cook on the ships. On December 12, 1961 he married Ardith Granger. To this union eight children were born. They divorced in 1987. After the Navy, he worked for the VA for 14 ½ years. He also cooked for banquets of a thousand people at Riverside Inn. Upon his retirement from the VA, he worked for Skagway Stores for several years.

On July 25, 1992, Clarence married Carol Trotta. She brought three sons into this union.

Clarence enjoyed fishing, horse racing, card games, and being with his family and friends. In 2003, they moved to Gregory, SD. He worked for the Buches Store for five years. After back surgery, he was forced to retire.

Clarence passed away due to kidney failure on December 19, 2016, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 76 years 10 months and 8 days.

He is survived by his wife Carol, of Burke, SD; two sons, Richard Buck and Tom (Katie) Buck of Scotia, NE; six daughters, CeCe (Pat) Moran and Sherry Frederick of Alabama, Brenda Friesen and Donna (Eugene) Danley of Grand Island, NE, Carol (Lynn) Menke of Marquette, NE, Christina (Jeff) Woodruff of Central City, NE; three stepsons, James Trotta of Lincoln, NE, Steven Trotta and Jeff Trotta of Grand Island, NE; 31 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; one brother Ken Buck of Grand Island, NE; and sister-in-law Kathleen Buck.

He is preceded in death by one son Thomas Robert Buck, one grandson Emmanuel Buck, his parents, three sisters, Margaret (Roy) Medberry, Grace (Bill) Lukefahr, and Besse Mach, and five brothers, Thomas (Fern) Buck, Edward (Mary) Buck, Dale Buck, Richard Buck, and Harold Buck.

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Memorial services for Clarence Buck, 76, of Burke, were held Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Congregational Church in Naper, NE with Anthony Murphy officiating. A visitation was held Monday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Recorded music was "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn, "The Dad He Didn't Have To Be" by Brad Paisley, and "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" by Steve Warner.

Paula Haney and Carol Shutt were in charge of registration.

Holly Whitney and Rose Kerner were in charge of flowers.

Military Honors were given by the Naper VFW.

Inurnment will be at a later date.