December 26, 2013


Robert D. Wegner, 85, of Manning, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, following a short illness.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning with the Rev. Jonathan Conner officiating.

Music will be "Amazing Grace," "Silent Night" and "How Great Thou Art" with congregation singing accompanied by Carlys Stribe.

Casket bearers will be Lukas Snyder, Sam Wegner, Kacy Snyder, Chris Snyder, Roger Wegner, Lynn Stein, Karl Albrtsen and Gary Odendahl.

Burial with military honors by American Legion Post 22 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3517 will be at Manning Cemetery in Manning.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning and resume at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church.

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Robert Dean, son of Edwin "Brownie" and Lolida (Schroeder) Wegner, was born Aug. 16, 1928, at Carroll, Iowa. Bob graduated from Manning High School Class of 1947 and attended Iowa State University until he was called to military duty. Bob was inducted into the U.S. Army in November 1950. He took basic and weapons training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., then served in Korea as a gunman in a heavy weapons company of the 2nd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment of the 24th Division. Bob received many medals honoring his service including the Bronze Star prior to his honorable discharge at Camp Carson, Colo., in August 1952.

On Jan. 10, 1960, Bob married Shirley Hansen at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Seven children were born to this union and raised on the farm west of Manning. Bob started farming the home place after the death of his father Edwin, farming the same ground in Crawford County since 1946. He and Shirley farmed and lived together there until retiring in 1994. Through the years he worked as a rural mail carrier in Manning and Glidden, both part and full time, until retiring in 1997. He also worked for Aspinwall Co-op's anhydrous service. Bob served on the Manning School Board in the 1980s and was an active member of the Manning VFW (past commander) and American Legion posts. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He took many trips with his longtime fishing friends to Gene and Gayle's Resort in Minnesota. Through the years Bob participated in a card club, belonged to the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, and enjoyed getting together with his Korean War comrades at reunions, which he hosted twice in Des Moines.

Shirley passed away on Dec. 26, 1994, from cancer. After her death Bob remained at home on the farm, helping Tom with the farming operation at the home place and the Hansen Wegner Century Farm. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at coffee at Deb's Corner Café and Rix's Station and socializing with friends at the VFW.

Bob is survived by his children: Debra Snyder (John), Carroll; Tom Wegner, Manning; David Wegner (Beth), West Des Moines; Nancy Tunender (Dale), Norwalk; Dale Wegner, Sac City; Bruce Wegner (Anne), Urbandale; Kyle Wegner (Stacey), Norwalk; special friend Doris Witt, Manning; 12 grandchildren: Melissa Snyder (Chris), Ankeny; Lukas Snyder, West Des Moines; Kacy Snyder, Carroll; Sam Wegner, West Des Moines; Emily, Abby and Cole Tunender, Norwalk; Grayson and Hannah Wegner, Urbandale; Tyler, Jacob and Ava Wegner, Norwalk; two great-grandchildren, Bradyn and Kade Snyder; brothers Duane Wegner of Manning and Allen Wegner (Joyce) of Virginia; in-laws: Herbert Hansen (Gloria), Brayton; Lyle Hansen (Lois), Denison; Larry Hansen (Leona), Manning; Helen Mading (Glen), Elgin, Ill.; Marjorie Wade (Bob), Mesa, Ariz.; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Shirley Wegner, and sister-in-law Arlene Wegner.