Fremont’s Polka King Passes Away

Fremont’s Polka King Passes Away
"Moostash" Joe Spellerberg

LINCOLN – Fremont has lost a legend that brought entertainment and his love of traveling to the area for over 60 years.

“Moostash” Joe Spellerberg passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83 in Lincoln. Spellerberg had suffered injuries in a car accident in April and had remained in Lincoln ever since.

He hosted his polka show on KHUB for 60 years and hosted the Big Band and Polka Party at the Fremont Auditorium for 37 years. At a February banquet, he was inducted into the Fremont Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame with his business endeavors with Moostash Joe’s Tours, which he started in 1975.

It was his love for polka that saw him become a beloved personality on KHUB. Spellerberg said in an interview last year that from an early age, he was interested in playing in a band after hearing a neighbor practicing the trumpet.

“He would practice a lot. We were downhill from him (in Dodge) and so when he’d practice, I could hear him play. I just kind of thought, ‘that’d be alright to play something like that’ and it started.”

The love of music spread to the community with his show a hit on KHUB for so many years. Spellerberg had a deep love for Fremont and expressed his gratitude for those that listened to him over the years and those he met in his travels.

“I have met so many great people. I would just say ‘thank you’ because if it wouldn’t have been for them, I wouldn’t have been able to continue.”

“I have truly been blessed in my life. I keep saying to myself, ‘why, why?’ because I know who I am. Life has been good to me, there’s no two ways about that!”

Funeral services for Spellerberg are pending at this time. We will miss Joe and extend our condolences to the Spellerberg family

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