James E. “Jimmy” Chmelka, 81, of Valparaiso, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 25, 1940 to James T. and Irma (Belik) Chmelka in Brainard, NE. Jimmy married Marilyn Shonka on October 22, 1960. To this union 7 children were born. He was a lifelong farmer, member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, FCSLA, Saunders County Feeders.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Terry (Terri), Randy (Judy), Rick (Terri), Rob (Mary); daughters, Carol (Eric) Clark, Nancy (Gerard) Bartek, Tammy (Jeff) Kocian; grandchildren, Kyle Chmelka, Kelsey (Devin) Zitek, Amanda (Parker) Dolen, John Clark, Chase (Diana) Bartek, Lance (Meghan) Bartek, Shae (Kyle) Rush, Leah (AJ) Murguia, Cailen (Rea) Chmelka, Ross (Megan) Chmelka, Seth Chmelka, Noah Chmelka, Payton Chmelka, Ava Chmelka, Nolan Kocian, Tristan Kocian, Kameron Kocian, Carter Chmelka and Ella Chmelka; great-grandchildren, Blake Chmelka, Brynn Chmelka, Aubrey Zitek, Corbyn Zitek, Henry Dolen, Nora Dolen, Peter Dolen, Sara Bartek, Maria Bartek, Tate Bartek, Finlee Bartek, Mabel Bartek, Ember Rush, Haven Rush, Nova Rush, Iris Rush, Bridger Murguia, Clara Chmelka and Everly Chmelka; brother, Don (Vikki) Chmelka; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernie and Doris Shonka, Aggie Shonka, Betty and Alvin Wellman, Dee Stuhr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Irma Chmelka, parents-in-law; Ernest and Agnes Shonka; brothers-in-law, Mike Birkel, Tony Stuhr, Willie Shonka.
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