Robert ‘Bob’ Cecil Weddle of West Des Moines


Robert “Bob” Cecil Weddle, son of Cecil Everett Weddle and Letha Julia Combs Weddle, was born Dec. 20, 1941, in Dawson, Iowa, and died Sept. 6, 2021, at the MercyOne Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.

Bob grew up in Dawson and then Bayard, where he was the class president and graduated from the Bayard High School in 1959.

He was united in marriage to Kathleen Mary Remund of Coon Rapids. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Kerry, and three sons, Joe, Andy and Aaron.

Bob assembled machinery for the agriculture business and even bought hogs.

Bob was a man of many hobbies, including playing guitar, fishing, spending time at the river, canoeing, kayaking, feeding the birds and watching them.

Following their family tradition for military service, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 12, 1961, and he served on the U.S.S. Tallahatchie County until March 13, 1964, when he was honorably discharged.

Bob enjoyed reading, doing the New York Times crossword puzzles, tinkering and building in his workshop and gardening.

He later married Carolyn Kelsay of Mexico, Missouri.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Letha Weddle; brothers, Jack, Melvin, Billie, Harold (Elliott) and Deryle (Paul); and sisters, Doreen Cofer and Linda McHaffie.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Kerry (Craig) Hastings of Perry; sons, Joe (Tracy) Weddle of Minburn, Andy (Kathy) Weddle of Pleasant Hill and Aaron (Bridget) Weddle of West Des Moines; grandchildren, Corrine Hastings of Des Moines, Libby Hastings of Perry, Caleb Weddle of Nevada, Halli Weddle of Minburn and Shane Williams of Davenport; great-grandchildren, Jack Tatman and Harper Williams, both of Davenport; brother, Patrick Weddle of Warrenton, Oregon; sisters, Mary Lou Jackson of Pueblo, Colorado, Donna McCleary of Charles City and Carolyn (Jack) Myers of Kellogg; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

Services for Bob were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Hastings Funeral Home in Perry. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service and also after the funeral until 6 p.m. The Rev. Joel Cofer provided words of comfort.

Military rites were performed by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors from Des Moines. Recorded song selected was “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Interment will take place at a later date at the Kirk Cemetery in Allendale, Missouri.

The Weddle family supports the following charities and encourages you to donate to them in lieu of flowers: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Vasculitis Foundation or American Parkinson’s Disease Association (PSP).


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