Philip Daniel Kliewer, 73, died Sept. 25 in his home in Atkinson, Neb.
He was born to Alvin & Elisabeth Kliewer on Nov. 10, 1949, in Glasgow. He grew up with his parents and three siblings on their family farm in Lustre. During his school years, he discovered two passions that set the trajectory for the rest of his life — Jesus and music. After graduating from Lustre Christian High School, those passions led him to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb.
At Grace, he met his future wife, Kathy (Reimer) Kliewer. They were married on July 10, 1971. In the following years, they had four children, Jason, Shawn, Jared and Andrea.
In 1974, he graduated from UNL with a master of music and moved to Atkinson where he became the band and choir teacher at West Holt High School. He taught at West Holt for 39 years. He also taught for one year at Carachipampa Christian School in Bolivia. Wherever he taught, he impacted students with his intentional kindness and his love for music.
He also invested countless hours in Faith Community Church. Along with being an elder, he served in various music positions. He led worship on Sundays, accompanied children’s singing on Wednesdays and directed