Funeral Services For
Bob Wriedt Age 65 of Wayne
Journey Christian Church Wayne
Friday 1:30 p.m.
Officiate Justin Raulston
Journey Christian Church Wayne
Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. With Family
Interment Saturday 10:30 a.m. Forest Lawn Cemetery Omaha
Robert “Bob” Wriedt, 65, of Wayne, died Monday, September 16, 2013 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, after battling leukemia for nearly sixteen months. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, September 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Journey Christian Church in Wayne. Funeral services celebrating Bob’s life will be held on Friday, September 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the church with Justin Raulston officiating, followed by an ice cream social in honor of his favorite dessert. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 21. Memorials are suggested to Journey Christian Church of Wayne or the Optimist International Foundation. Robert Frederick Wriedt was born on April 15, 1948, in Des Moines, IA, to Betty Lou Reinen. Shortly thereafter, he was adopted by Cecil and Opal (Boeckenhauer) Wriedt of Cedar Falls, IA, and the family moved to Wayne. Bob was active in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts, earning the Arrow of Light Award while in Cub Scouts and the Lutheran Pro Deo et Patria (God and Country) Award in 1962. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1963 and attended the National Jamboree at Valley Forge, PA, in 1964. Bob attended the H. H. Hahn Campus School on the Wayne State College campus until it closed and then graduated from Wayne High School in 1966. While singing in the Wayne State College choir, he met his future wife, Jeannine Means. They were married at Calvary Lutheran Church in Omaha on April 6, 1968. Bob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Business and Physical Education from Wayne State in 1970. He held various positions throughout his life, including teacher and coach in Pierre, SD, and in Petersburg, Neligh and Clarks, NE; warehouse and store manager for Diamond Vogel Paint in Omaha and Lincoln, NE, and in Chillicothe, MO; credit manager for Wilson Meat Packing Company in Omaha and Carhart Lumber Company in Wayne; owner of construction businesses in both Omaha and Wayne; and owner of Wriedt Housing and lastly Wriedt Properties in Wayne, carrying on the tradition started by his father. Bob became a Life Member of Optimist International in 1988. During his years as an Optimist, he served in many Club and District positions in both the West Missouri and Nebraska Districts. He liked meeting new people and talking with them about his optimism. Bob sponsored over 75 new members and helped to build over 10 new Optimist Clubs. In addition to being the Outstanding and Distinguished Governor of the Nebraska District in 2006-2007, Bob was also a Certified Club Builder and International Field Representative. Bob enjoyed watching high school and college sports, serving as statistician for the WSC basketball team; forming and participating in men’s quartets and Bible studies; traveling with his family to attend Optimist International conventions and family reunions; model railroading; camping, fishing and playing golf; and spending time with his family. Bob was active in the churches he attended, serving in various positions. Of late, Bob was a member of Journey Christian Church where he served as chairman of the Hands and Feet Helping Ministry.
Survivors include his wife Jeannine; daughter Cindy Von Fange and granddaughters Rachel (fiancé Jacob Scott) and Jessica; son Matt Wriedt and grandsons Keaton and Ryan; brother Ron (Sandra) Wriedt; half-sisters Bonnie Meyer and Carol (Chuck) Shellmyer; half-brothers Terry (Deb) Meyer and Rod (Ellen) Meyer; brother-in-law Loren (Linda) Means; sisters-in-law Marcia Waldecker and Priscilla (Warren) Powell; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Betty Lou Meyer, Cecil and Opal Wriedt; brother-in-law Gene Waldecker.
He passed away Monday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Memorials May Be Directed to Journey Christian Church and Optimist International Foundation.