CROSSLAKE -- Bob Wiebke, age 81, Crosslake, died Monday, April 4, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Crosslake Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Anderson and the Rev. Paul Fruth officiating. Burial will be in the Pinewood Cemetery with military honors provided by the Crosslake American Legion Post No. 500. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.
Robert Lewis Wiebke was born on June 18, 1923, at Fort Wayne, Ind., son of the late Clarence and Jeanette (Lewis) Wiebke. He graduated from Northside High School in Fort Wayne. Following graduation he worked for the Tokheim Corp., entering the United States Army in January of 1943. Bob served during WWII and joined the Army Air Corps Band. Bob was united in marriage to Eileen Worden on July 25, 1943, in Fort Wayne. He formed the Bob Lewis Orchestra in Fort Wayne while continuing to work for the Tokheim Corp. They moved to Kansas City, then Minneapolis, and then moving to Crosslake in 1969, where they owned and operated the Crosslake Sports Center. Later they converted it to the General Store and then later it became Daggett Brook Clothing. He formed the 3 Bob's musical trio which he was active in until 2003 and was a member of the Crosslake Lutheran Church, Crosslake Chamber of Commerce, Crosslake American Legion, International Federation of Musicians, Masonic Lodge, past volunteer firefighter, Crosslake Police Commission and was fire warden for many years.
Bob Wiebke is survived by his wife, Eileen; son, Cliff Wiebke, of Crosslake; daughter, Marty (Jim) Vangen, of Crosslake; three grandchildren, Nathan Lewis Watt, Megan Watt, Kelsy Vangen; two great-grandchildren, Mason Lewis Watt and Jaden Carter Jurek. He was preceded in death by his parents. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
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