Clabaugh, John S.


John S. Clabaugh 68 of Lincoln passed away June 9, 2017. Born in Superior, NE to Ira & Dayle (Perryman) Clabaugh. John got his Doctorate of Philosophy with a major Interdepartmental Area of Administration, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1997.  He retired as a Professor and Director of Art at NE Wesleyan University. In Lincoln, John wrote grants for the National Arts Education Association (NAEA) to keep alive his passion for the Arts and was instrumental in the creation of the Gladys Lux Center for the Arts.  In his first teaching position at Grand Island Central Catholic, he ran an extensive artist-in-residence program and wrote many grants for the Grand Island public schools.  As Kearney’s first Art Coordinator he wrote an elementary art curriculum, was a leader in the art community and helped establish the MONA (Museum of Nebraska Art).  He was also the president of the Nebraska Art Association and held other offices in the Nebraska Arts Community. Aside of the Arts, John was an avid hunter and fisherman.  After retiring John continued his love for art and beauty through his gardening and landscape design.



Survivors include son Brent Clabaugh of Lincoln and grandsons Dylan and Lucah Clabaugh; daughter Lauren and husband Darin Platt of Nebraska City, NE and grandson Aden Platt; sister Mary Roberts and husband Jim of Superior, NE and nieces Karie Holt Thompson, Amanda Holt and Lindsey Holt; brother Rick Clabaugh and wife Linda of Beatrice, NE and nephews Nathan and Tyler Clabaugh; nephew Adam Clabaugh of Chicago, IL and many more cousins, nieces & nephews.


Preceded in death by parents LaVerne and Dayle, sister Christy and brother Michael.


Celebration of John’s Life will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:00am at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home with a burial in Nelson, NE at the Nelson Cemetery at 11:00am Monday, June 19, 2017.

Memorials to be designated at a later date.

Burial will take place in Nelson, NE next to his parents.

Guestbook for Clabaugh, John S.

1:04PM Jun 15th, 2017
Brent and Lauren, I only knew you as children. My former husband and I often saw John in the 1990s. Unfortunately we all did not keep up very well in the 21st century. My sympathies and warm wishes to all in your family.
Nancy Wehrbein (Lincoln, NE)
10:16AM Jun 15th, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear about John. My sincere condolences to the Clabaugh family.
Rhonda Elsey-Stacy (Elkhorn, NE)
9:03AM Jun 15th, 2017
Richard and Family, Happy to have had the chance to fish with John in Canada. He will be missed by all of us on that trip! Fred Wright, Wymore,Ne.
Fred Wright (Wymore, NE)
6:13AM Jun 15th, 2017
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lyn Rumpeltes (Beatrice, NE)
7:35PM Jun 14th, 2017
I was so sorry to read about John and my sincere condolences to his family. I met John after he retired from Wesleyan University. He did some gardening for me and I always looked forward to his creations each spring and fall. I enjoyed visiting with him during these times and will miss his friendly happy face in my yard.
Sue Johansen (LINCOLN, NE)
3:37PM Jun 14th, 2017
I worked with John for several years on the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Board and also with the Nebraska Prairie Visions Arts Project. His leadership, excellence and dedication to art education, dry sense of humor, talent as an artist and warmth as a person remain vivid in my heart and mind. Rest In Peace Dear Friend.
Sharon Seim (Hobe Sound , FL)
3:06PM Jun 14th, 2017
Our condolences to Brent and the Clabaugh family.
Bob and Lorraine Curtright (Lincoln, NE)
12:54PM Jun 14th, 2017
I have so many childhood and high school memories of the fun times with John. He was a funny and always kind person. I especially remember him drawing buffalo stampedes with plaines Indians in pursuit on every available piece of paper. My sympathy to his family. Peggy Wehrman Gerbeling
Peggy Gerbeling (Plymouth, MN)
10:26AM Jun 14th, 2017
John was a good friend and a fun guy. He and I were members of Phi Kappa Tau at the same time. I will always remember his big grin. Rest in Peace brother John.
Brad Kearney (Kearney, NE)
5:22PM Jun 13th, 2017
John was an artist who worked tirelessly for the arts in Nebraska. His kind nature was always evident when working with him. He will be missed.
Nicolette Bonnstetter (Scottsdale , AZ)
2:40PM Jun 13th, 2017
John was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Gamma Rho Chapter in Kearney. Brother John now a member of our Chapter External. In Phi
Scott Stewart (Lincoln, NE)

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