Robert Wiechelman

Robert M. Wiechelman age 82 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Saturday, March 06, 2021 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel, Nebraska.

A Prayer Service for family and close friends will be on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, Nebraska with the Rev. Russ Lambert officiating. Visitation for family and close friends will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home.  Face masks and social distancing will be required.  Burial of his cremated remains will be at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Robert Maynard Wiechelman was born on November 8, 1 938 in Hartington, Nebraska to Clem and Mary (Haase) Wiechelman.  He attended Holy Trinity High School in Hartington.  He enlisted and served for four years in the United States Air Force.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from UNO.  Robert taught elementary school with Omaha Public Schools for many years.  On October 24, 1964 he married Irlene L. Sauser at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph, NE. Upon retirement they moved back to Coleridge. He and Lenie loved to travel and Bob was an avid golfer.

Robert is survived by his wife Irlene of Coleridge; a sister, Mildred Beckman of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lynn Wiechelman of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Shirley Kuchta of Randolph, Nebraska, Robert (Sandie) Sauser of Randolph, Nebraska, Sharon Sherer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clem and Mary Wiechelman; brothers Irwin (Donna) Wiechelman, Art (Patty) Wiechelman, Dennis (Marilyn) Wiechelman, Duane “Butch” Wiechelman, Richard Raymond Wiechelman in infancy; sister Wilma (Blaine) Berry; brothers-in-law Lawrence Kuchta and William Beckman.

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3 response to "Robert Wiechelman"

  1. By: Cody Lockwood Posted: March 8, 2021

    Mister Wiechelman, as I will eternally remember him, touched multitudes. Of that there is no doubt in my mind. Two years of his instruction during my elementary school years may not seem like a lot but it was so foundational to who I am today that I can not imagine my life had he not been in it. To me he was a larger than life figure and I am proud to have known him even as little as I did.

  2. By: Deb Addison Posted: March 9, 2021

    My prayers are with you Laney – I will miss Bob and our conversations. I pray that he has found peace. He will be missed.

  3. By: Tony Hernandez Posted: March 24, 2021

    While Mr. Weichelman was my 6th grade teacher, to me, he was so much more than that. He was a mentor, a leader, and a role model. I wrote about him in college for an assignment regarding who had had the greatest impact on us during our life. While I’ll always remember his baby blue sweater vest with a white button down short sleeve shirt under it, his lessons on respecting others and doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons still stay with me today. 14 years after 6th grade, he came to my college graduation and commissioning ceremony into the USMC. 12 years after that he came to my graduation from law school. He always looked the exact same as he did the first time I saw him during my kindergarten year at Chandler View dressed in his pirate costume with his peg leg. I wish I had acted on my desire to reach out and find him again. That’s how I came across this. You were an amazing man, Mr. Weichelman. I truly hope I’ve made you proud.

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