Clarence Wesley Blunck, 87, of Platte, SD passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at his home. Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Olive Presbyterian Church in Platte. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at Platte City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday, February 5, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Clarence’s honor may be directed to: Campbell-Timmerman American Legion Post #115, PO Box 111, Platte, SD 57369 or Platte Care Center Avera, PO Box 200, Platte, SD 57369. The service will be live-streamed under "Photos and Videos" on the funeral home website (Webcasting) and through “Mount Funeral Homes” Facebook page.
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Clarence Wesley Blunck was born on August 7, 1933 in the home of his parents, Ralph and Lura (Bibbey) Blunck in Dwyer, WY. Clarence’s first few years of schooling were in a country school in Dwyer. He finished elementary school and completed four years of high school in Guernsey, WY, graduating as class valedictorian in 1951. After high school, he attended the University of WY. He had received a Sears and Roebuck Foundation Scholarship for the school year 1951-52. After this year, he enlisted in the US Air Force in November of 1952 and served stateside for his enlistment performing aircraft maintenance at a flight training facility until his honorable discharge in November of 1956.
In 1953, he married Arlene Menning. To that union four children were born: Rodney (Rod), Denise, Jeffrey (Jeff) and Paul. After divorcing in 1972, Clarence moved to Platte, SD taking a job at Wynia Implement. He later worked as a machinist for United Auto Parts and then Kelly’s Auto Parts, retiring at age 67 in 2000.
Clarence met Faye Reiser in 1974 and eventually married on August 1,1975. He welcomed to that family three stepchildren: Rob, Janelle and Joe Reiser.
Clarence was an avid pheasant and deer hunter. He also enjoyed walleye fishing on the river. He loved deer hunting in the Black Hills with his step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He also loved bowling, which is where he met Faye. He also liked playing cards, especially cribbage.
Clarence was an active member of the Olive Presbyterian Church, serving as part of the Session, on the pastoral search committee, along with many other church offices. He was a faithful member of Campbell-Timmerman American Legion Post #115 in Platte, where he served many jobs including Post Commander. He also served offices at the state level. He was involved in the Veterans Day Program and was well known for organizing flag details for funerals and sporting events. He was also known for organizing the PVA Pheasant Hunt every year for 25 years, including the fundraiser banquet and auction.
Grateful for sharing Clarence’s life, are his children: Rod (Jan) Blunck of Pella, IA, Denise (Rod) Matthews of Dubuque, IA and Jeff Blunck of Loveland, CO; three stepchildren: Rob (Cindy) Reiser of Platte, SD, Janelle Reiser of Mitchell, SD and Joe Reiser of Vermillion, SD; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Kite of Great Falls, MT; two brothers-in-law: Jack Pranger of Platte, SD and Bill (Linda) Pranger of New Lennox, IL; along with many nieces and nephews.
Clarence is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lura Blunck; wife, Faye Blunck (Nov. 18, 2020); son, Paul Blunck; daughter-in-law, Lisa Blunck; grandson, Adam Blunck; three sisters: June, Elsie, and Katy; along with several brothers and sisters-in-law.