Doretha Clevenger, age 88, of Gibbon, died Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at her home surrounded by family. Funeral Services were held Friday, December 18, at the Gibbon Baptist Church with Pastor Taylor Shippy officiating. Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon.
Memorials are suggested to the church or to the Gibbon Volunteer Fire Department. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services, of Gibbon, is serving the family. The youngest of nine children,
The youngest of nine children, Doretha was born on January 5, 1932, in Gibbon, to Chet and Elsie (Lowell) Smith. She was raised South of Gibbon and graduated from Gibbon High School in 1949.
She was united in marriage to Robert Clevenger on August 28, 1949, on her parent’s farm south of Gibbon. They made their home near Shelton for 10 years while they both worked for local farmers. The couple opened Lakeview Café south of Gibbon in 1968. In 1972, they left the café and they purchased the Gibbon Standard Oil Agency. Over the years they expanded their business to what is now Clevenger Farm Products and Clevenger Propane.
Doretha was a member of Gibbon Baptist Church. Bob and Doretha traveled extensively throughout the United States. Doretha’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends. Bob and Doretha celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on August 28, 2016.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Karen (Barry) Hemmerling, of Lincoln, Rob Clevenger (Vicki), of Gibbon, Dan (Cheryl) Clevenger, of Gibbon, and Jayne Cain, of Omaha, and her best friend, Rich Cain, of Hays, Kansas; her grandchildren, Brett (Bryan) Hemmerling, Brandon Hemmerling, Dusty (Jody) Clevenger, Colby (Ashley) Clevenger, Hayley (Mitch) Mentzer, Zach Clevenger, Austin Clevenger, Derrick (Angie) Clevenger, Ali (Josh) Slawski, Cassie (Paul) Robinson, Casey Cain, Cami Cain, and Calli Cain; his great-grandchildren, Faith and Charity Clevenger, Colton and Alex Clevenger, Raelynn Mentzer, Jameson Clevenger, McKenzie, Jordan, Luke, and Rachel Clevenger, Lincoln and Milo Slawski, and Gracie Robinson; two sisters-in-law, Doris Winkler-Marquart, of York, and Donna Clevenger, of Scotia; a brother-in-law, Bert (LaDonna) Clevenger; and several nieces and nephews.
Doretha was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Clevenger; two brothers; and six sisters.