Robert Weber Obituary

Robert L. Weber
Bob Weber
Robert L. Weber

August 6, 1916 - September 30, 2013
Born in Dubuque, IA
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Robert L."Bob" Weber of Des Moines died Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7:50 a.m. at Fountain West Care Center. Visitation will be held at Iles Westover Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 3 and includes a 6 p.m. prayer service. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, October 4 at St. Ambrose Cathedral. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Born August 6, 1916 in Dubuque, Iowa to Annie (Thiemig) Weber and Albert Weber. The youngest of four sons, Bob graduated from Dubuque High School in 1935. On December 30, 1936 Bob joined the Army in Des Moines where he was part of the 14th Cavalry. On March 3, 1940, he received an honorable discharge from the Army. While stationed at Ft. Des Moines, Bob met the love of his life, Maxine Geideck, whom he would wed on September 11, 1941 at St. Peter Catholic Church.

On May 21, 1942 Bob reenlisted in the Army. His service during World War II would lead Staff Sergeant Weber to be among the first troops to land on Utah Beach in the initial assault on Normandy, June 6, 1944. He was part of the following military campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. Bob was awarded several decorations and citations: American Defense Service Ribbon, Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Silver Battle Star, Bronze Service Arrowhead, three Overseas Bars, one service stripe and a Good Conduct Medal. His official military service ended on November 8, 1945. After World War II, Bob returned to Des Moines and resumed his work as a postal carrier, retiring in 1972.

Much of Bob's life was spent in music ministry in the Catholic Church with his wife, Maxine. Bob played guitar and sang for weekend masses, weddings and funerals while Maxine played the organ or piano, beginning at Visitation Parish on Des Moines' east side and ending at St. Ambrose Cathedral, spanning a period of fifty plus years.

Left to remember Bob are several great nieces and nephews, those who served with him in music ministry, scores of friends, and those who have cared for him during this past year at Fountain West Care Center in West Des Moines.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and most recently on June 5th by his wife of 72 years, Maxine.

Throughout their married life, Bob and Maxine always gave to the poor; memorial contributions may be made to The Connection Café, 600 6th Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, attention Rob Hoover. The Connection Café serves lunch to the homeless and the underemployed.

ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES FUNERAL HOMES ~ WESTOVER CHAPEL.

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Visitation
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, October 3, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Service
St. Ambrose Cathedral
607 High Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Friday, October 4, 2013
10:00 AM
Cemetery
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Friday, October 4, 2013
11:00 AM

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Connection Cafe
600 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50306