Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



The Nebraska Bird Review Vol. 90 No. 4, pp. 151-153


Copyright © 2022 NOU


Clement (Clem) Klaphake passed away on December 30, 2022, from complications of Parkinson’s disease, which he struggled with for several years. He was born in Melrose, Minnesota, in 1943 and grew up working on his parents’ dairy farm, which included the usual menagerie of other farm animals typical of that time. Perhaps it was the routine of milking twice a day, seven days a week, or the impressive scar on his leg from a boar tusk, but Clem was destined to leave the farm and become a life-long educator. ... After getting his degree in 1971, Clem was hired to teach sociology, anthropology, and environmental sciences at Bellevue University in Nebraska, where he taught until his retirement in 2010.