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Vance J. Wohlers

Vance J. Wohlers, 86, of St. Paul, died Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.

Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul, NE. Rev. Steven Neal will officiate.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul.

Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Vance was born on Nov. 28, 1934, on a farm near St. Paul. He is the son of Harry R. and Anna M. (Johnson) Wohlers. He grew up on the farm and attended school in the Logan area north of St. Paul. As a young man, he worked at the Cornhusker Army Ammunitions Plant in Grand Island.

He was united in marriage to Shirley J. Jepson on May 1, 1954, in Dannebrog. The couple lived in St. Paul their entire married life and raised their two children, RaNae and Terry.

He worked at Jacobs Oil & Motor and began a career in construction working for John McClellan. He later started his own business, Wohlers Building Contractor, and built many beautiful homes, along with Grace Baptist Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church fellowship hall, Mathews Medical Clinic and a renovation of the American Legion Hall. He later worked in maintenance at Howard County Medical Center.

When he retired, he continued his passion for carpentry and fine woodworking of cabinets, cedar chests, grandfather and mantel clocks, rolltop desks and even church furnishings, such as baptismal fonts, lecterns and altars.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul.

Vance was proud of his many years of sobriety and helped establish the St. Paul AA group. Over the years, he provided support to many and helped with their own recovery. He was also an avid hunter of small and large game with archery and firearms.

He is survived by a daughter, RaNae Cernik of Kearney; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Diane Wohlers of Fort Collins, CO; four grandchildren and spouses, Michael Cernik of Kearney, Amanda and Patrick O’Connor of Kearney, Chad and Rebecca Wohlers of Greeley, CO, and Heather and Bayne Smallwood of Commerce City, CO; four great-grandchildren, Hailey, Zoe and Colton Wohlers and Pax Smallwood; sister, Ardys Kirby of Arizona; special friend, Nancy Oeltjen of St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anna; wife, Shirley on Jan. 22, 2008; son-in-law, Frank Cernik; brothers, Wayne and Doyle Wohlers; and sisters, Darlene Wohlers, Nonie Meston, Joan Culpepper and Jane Falk.


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Ken - It was good to see your brother and his wife on Thursday.

Terry Wohlers Mar 28 2021 9:29 PM

Eilene - It is great to hear from you! I was thumbing through the Cushing year books from the early 1950s and saw pictures of you. One in particular is you with mom as freshmen in 1950. I hope you are doing well. Thank you for your note!

Terry Wohlers Mar 28 2021 9:28 PM

Great to hear from you. Boy, we had some fun times on Jay Street. Those were the days!

RaNae Cerniik Mar 27 2021 10:02 PM

Our families did have fun together. I remember us kids jumping on the bed in your basement while our parents were playing cards, I think, upstairs. Take care!

RaNae Cerniik Mar 27 2021 9:59 PM

Mom's best friends. I loved seeing pictures of the two of you from high school. We had a great time riding the train to visit you in Illinois many years ago. Thank you for your message.

RaNae Cerniik Mar 27 2021 9:56 PM

We all loved Laura. She was my Mom's second mom after my Grandma died.

RaNae Cerniik Mar 27 2021 9:53 PM

I spent a lot of time with Vance and Shirley on my visits back home. We always had a good time - lots of laughter and happy memories. It's been many years since I've seen either of you. May God continue to bless you and your families! Our deepest sympathy, Gene and Eilene (Fredricksen) Ehrhardt

Eilene Ehrhardt Mar 24 2021 10:34 PM

Thanks, Betty, for taking time to write. I recall dad meeting at least one Wohlers in the Chadron area. This was perhaps 15-20 years ago, as I recall. Thanks again!

Terry Wohlers Mar 23 2021 4:09 PM

It is good to hear from you, Anita. We appreciate the note. Larry and dad did indeed have good hunting stories. Maybe I will get to see you on Thursday.

Terry Wohlers Mar 23 2021 4:06 PM

Thanks, Joyce. I remember your mom well. My parents had nothing but great things to say about her.

Terry Wohlers Mar 23 2021 4:04 PM

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