Private family service.
Interment at Sunrise North Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
In care of the family for future designations.
Kenneth “Kenny” J. Chmelka, 76 of Wahoo, NE passed away Friday, August 26, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 2, 1946 in Wahoo to Frank and Lillian (Simanek) Chmelka. He graduated from Wahoo High School in 1964. Kenny served in the Army National Guard from 1965 to 1971. He was united in marriage to Deann K. Gustafson on April 21, 1967 at the United Methodist Church in Wahoo. He worked at Valmont Industries in Valley, NE for over 40 years as a material handler/inventory controller.
Kenny coached little league baseball for many years in Wahoo and was on both the Wahoo City League and the Valmont’s slow pitch softball teams. He was a tremendous bowler as well locally.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, woodworking, tending to his yard, traveling, spending time at Woodcliff, attending his grandchildren’s activities and walking his dog, Percy.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deann Chmelka; son, Jeffery S. (Brenda) Chmelka, grandsons, Caleb A. (fiancé, Karly) Chmelka & Ethan R. Chmelka; brothers, Robert (Diane) Chmelka, Larry (Kathleen) Chmelka & Dennis (Sandy) Chmelka; half-sister, Judy Ballou; special nieces, Laura Keller & Launa Larsen; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews & one great-great-niece; his loving companion pet dog, Percy and grand-dog, Milo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lillian Chmelka; parents-in-law, Virgil and Glenna Gustafson.