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Robert Dean Wegner

August 16, 1928 — December 23, 2013

Robert Dean, son of Edwin "Brownie" and Lolida (Schroeder) Wegner, was born August 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 of 1950. He took basic and weapons training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, then served in Korea as a gunman in a heavy weapon's 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, CO, in August of 1952. On January 10, 1960, Bob was united in marriage with 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 1980's and was an active member of the Manning V.F.W. (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 December 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. Following a short illness, Bob died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Monday, December 23, 2013. He was 85 years, 4 months and 7 days of age. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife Shirley Wegner; and sister-in-law Arlene Wegner. He 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 & Cole Tunender, Norwalk; Grayson & Hannah Wegner, Urbandale; Tyler, Jacob & 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, IL; Marjorie Wade (Bob), Mesa, AZ; other relatives and friends. Reverend Jonathan Conner, Officiating Music "Amazing Grace" "Silent Night" "How Great Thou Art" Congregation Carlys Stribe, Accompanist Casket Bearers Lukas Snyder Sam Wegner Kacy Snyder Chris Snyderjavascript:submitForm(); Roger Wegner Lynn Stein Karl Albertsen Gary Odendahl Interment with Military Honors American Legion Post 22 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3517 Manning Cemetery, Manning, Iowa

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