May 5, 2014


Roger Louis Wernimont, 70, of Carroll, died Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Timothy Johnson. Mass servers will be Parker and Mallory Badding. Music will be by Barb McDermott, Holy Spirit choir with Darrell Schettler and Betty Jean Olerich as soloists. Lector will be Kelsi Wernimont. Gift bearers will be grandchildren Alexis Wernimont, Emma Wernimont-Berry, Kenzi Wernimont and Kyler Fehring. Eucharistic minister will be Jerry Sievers. Casket bearers will be Kyler Fehring, Keith Adams, David Holley, Sam Wernimont, Adam Pudenz, Mike Kruger and Paul McGowan. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors conducted by the Carroll American Legion.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Wednesday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9:30 a.m. Thursday when visitation will resume.

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Roger Wernimont was born Oct. 28, 1943, in Carroll, Iowa, a son of Albert and Rosalia (Baumhover) Wernimont. He spent his younger years in the Breda area and graduated from St. Bernard High School with the Class of 1962. Roger enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a helicopter mechanic stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Okinawa, Japan, and Jacksonville, N.C., and he also served in the Vietnam War.

On Dec. 27, 1965, he was married to Cheryl Adams at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll by Monsignor Henry Karhoff. The couple resided in Jacksonville, N.C., and following his honorable discharge they returned to the Carroll area. Upon his return to Carroll he was employed at Roy's Conoco, Deluxe Cleaners, Drees Plumbing, and retired from Crouse Cartage Company following 30 years of service. For the past 13 years Roger had been driving school bus for the Carroll Community School District.

He loved spending time with his family, friends, playing cards, drinking coffee, and teaching his grandchildren the little duties of life. Roger could be found puttering around outside with anything and everything and always enjoyed helping the neighbor kids with their bikes, recreation balls, or anything they brought to him. He had a special place in his heart for his school bus kids. He felt like a second grandpa to them. Roger will be forever remembered as a man that would go above and beyond for anyone at anytime. He was a member of the Carroll American Legion and VFW and Holy Spirit Church in Carroll.

Survivors include his wife Cheryl Wernimont of Carroll; his children: Marc Wernimont of Wisner, Neb., Jill Wernimont of Carroll, Tony (Bobbi) Wernimont of Glidden, and Jodi Wernimont and friend Rod Berry of Cedar Falls; his grandchildren: Kelsi Wernimont, Kenzi Wernimont, Kyler Fehring, Alexis Wernimont and Emma Wernimont-Berry; his sisters: Bev (Melvin) Kruger of Churdan, Cheryl (John) Adams of Geneseo, Ill., Patricia (Sue Bailey) Wernimont of Omaha, Neb., Nancy (Jeff) Pudenz of Breda, and Lori (Craig) Walters of Papillion, Neb.; his brothers: Merle (Linda) Wernimont of Carroll, Dale Wernimont of Breda, and Alan (Sheryl) Wernimont of Carroll; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Mary Kay Wernimont of Carroll, Jo Ann Wernimont of Arcadia, Ralph Fischer of College Station, Texas, Larry Hinners of Carroll, Loren "Tex" (Judie) Adams of Estherville, Jerry Sievers of Onawa, and Norma (Bob) Holley of Scranton; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives and many friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Cody Ryan Heller; sisters: Jean Fischer and Phyllis Hinners; brothers: Ronald, Marvin, and Jerry Wernimont; parents-in-law, Glen and Kathryn Adams; sister-in-law Colleen Sievers; and nephews Chris and Jay Wernimont.