Kenneth “Kenny” J. Chmelka
Date of Birth
August 2, 1946
Wahoo, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
August 26, 2022
Wahoo, Nebraska
Funeral Service

Private family service.
Interment at Sunrise North Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Public Visitation
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Memorials – in lieu of flowers

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.

Condolences for Kenneth “Kenny” J. Chmelka
  1. Patti Styskal
    • August 26, 2022 - 1 month ago

    I am so very sorry for your families loss. My heart breaks for you all. May he rest in peace.

  2. Leanne and Richard Harding
    • August 27, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Deann and family,
    Kenny was a really good guy who was lots of fun in high school. We are really sorry that he has passed away.

    Leanne (Gross) and Dick Harding

  3. Robert Jordan
    • August 28, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Oh, so sorry, prayers for his family may he rest in peace,

  4. Anonymous
    • August 29, 2022 - 1 month ago

    deepest sympathy from all of us.
    Fritz and Marilynne Bergman family

  5. Kirk & Ellie Albright
    • August 29, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Deann & family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences.

  6. Ken Colling
    • August 29, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Deann and family,
    I was very sorry to hear about Kenny’s passing. He was always a good guy and always a gentleman. My condolences to the family

  7. Jan Hohl
    • August 30, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Deann and family
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. The wonderful memories you two have made the past fifty five plus years will be a blessing to you as you go through the difficult days you are facing now.
    Hugs to all of you..

  8. Terry & Carol Widman
    • August 30, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Our deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers to the family and friends of Ken.

  9. Dan and Salli Kemerling
    • August 30, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Deann and family, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts abd prayers will be with you.

  10. Jona (Dather) Boettcher
    • August 31, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Deann and family, I am so sorry for your loss, keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Jona (Dather) Boettcher
    • August 31, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Deann, I am so sorry for your loss, keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Terry and Kathy Hass
    • September 1, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Deann and family, so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers .

  13. Anonymous
    • September 1, 2022 - 1 month ago

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We were cousins but as people age, families just don’t seem to ge together much. I was so happy to meet Kenny and his brothers at my brother (Donald Jelinek and Eleanor) at their 50th anniversary.
    Sending prayers to the family

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