Robert M. Weinand, Sr.

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.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service, Mass, and Interment, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.





  • Phylls Gantz Posted December 5, 2020 9:16 pm

    Sincere sympathy sending love and prayers to the family. Bob was a great friend.

  • Nicole Lane Posted December 5, 2020 9:22 pm

    Dear Cousins – I don’t remember a time when Uncle Bob wasn’t right there in my cheering section! Though we were miles away, he always made sure I knew that I was loved and that he was proud of me. This assurance and support in my life have always touched and carried me. I imagine having him there daily is a big part of what made the three of you so very strong. I wish I had some great words of comfort for you on how losing your Dad gets easier but, for me it hasn’t….until today. I know for certain they have been reunited with each other and all their friends and family and Big Bob is dancing with his beautiful bride again. Please know you are all in my heart and mind. I truly hope that we Cousins can reunite and reminisce very soon. Love you! Nicole

  • terrry noble Posted December 7, 2020 6:16 am

    Ron,Laurie and family very sorry for your loss. Will keep you in thoughts and prayers

  • Russ Rech Posted December 7, 2020 1:07 pm

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Bob’s family. I met Bob in 1990 when his crew was installing pipe on 132nd street. It did not take long to realize that he is a stand up guy, a straight shooter, the Real Deal. All of his guys cared for him as he cared for and mentored them. He made us feel like we were not just part of the team but, we were like family. I learned from him to be honest and play by the rules. For that, I want to say Thank you Bob!

  • Dave Harrill Posted December 8, 2020 8:09 pm

    Ron, Laurie and family- Sending condolences and prayers during this difficult loss. Cherish the happy memories of your father. God Bless

  • Kevin Tobin Posted December 9, 2020 10:32 am

    To Bob’s Family,
    I first met Bob when I was a young Project Engineer on a Filter Renovation Project at the MUD Platte South Plant. Bob was the Crew Leader for the MUD crew assigned to work on the project during the course of the winter. Bob quickly noticed my nervousness about the Project. He went out of his way to discuss the Project in detail with me and instilled the same confidence in me that he felt about his crew. They took great pride in their work and would match themselves against any outside Contractor. I have no doubt that his crew’s confidence emanated out of Bob’s own confidence and pride in a job well-done. The Project was a success and the filters are still in service and have functioned well for the past 30+ years. Bob was truly a great man and I hope he rests in peace and that you find peace as well. Thanks again Bob!

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