Robert M. Weinand, Sr.
July 5, 1938 – December 4, 2020
Born July 5, 1938 in St. Paul Minnesota to Peter and Lorraine Weinand, Bob was the oldest of five children – Gordon, Peter and twins Michelle and Michael. Bob and his brothers Gordy and Pete were well known for their mischievousness at St. Stanislaus school in St. Paul and later Rosemount High when they moved to a farm outside of Rosemount Minnesota. At the age of 17 he entered the United States Air Force and was stationed to Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue NE as an aircraft mechanic. He met his future bride, Judy Baumgartner, and they were married September 21, 1957. Shortly after he was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1959, he began his career as a pipe layer for M.U.D in Omaha. He worked his way through the ranks and became a founding member of IBEW local union 1521. Bob was so patriotic and proud of his union that he forbade anyone from parking any foreign made vehicle in his driveway! He worked for M.U.D for 40 years until his retirement in 2000.
During these years of hard work which included middle of the night watermain breaks, ditches caving in on top of him and running heavy equipment which he loved, Bob and Judy raised a family. Ron born in 1965, Cindy born and deceased in 1968, Bob Jr. born in 1971 and the “Caboose” – Shari born in 1980. Bob and Judy built their family on the foundation of their Catholic faith, patriotism and hard work. Bob and Judy were married 50 years at the time of Judy’s death in 2008. Their faith and deep love for family and for others are the legacy that is handed down to their children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Bob’s bright blue eyes, contagious smile and his generous spirit has touched a lot of people in his lifetime. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, South Omaha council 3019, and a third-degree Knight. His generosity and genuine concern for others was recognized by the Knights and he was awarded Knight of the Year in 2012 and 2020.
Bob, a cancer survivor, was well known for his love for everything Minnesota, especially Vikings football and Twins baseball. His other great love was his grandchildren. His pride for them and their accomplishments both big and small would overflow into every conversation. Those same grandchildren got him through the hardships and challenges of his twilight years.
Bob passed away December 4, 2020 at home and surrounded by his loving family.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
-2 Timothy 4:7-
Preceded in death by wife, Judy J. Weinand; daughter, Cynthia Marie; parents, Peter and Lorraine; great-grandson, Christian; brothers: Gordon, Peter, and Michael.
Survived by sons, Ron M. (Laurie) and Robert M., Jr. (Jaime); daughter, Shari L. Keller (Travis); seven grandchildren; sister, Michelle Kahnke (Steve); sisters-in-law, Nancy Weinand and Mali Weinand.
VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Tuesday, December 8th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church (4804 Grover St.), with Vigil Service at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, December 9th at 10am, St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Interment: Calvary Cemetery with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
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