Robert Norman Weness, 77

Published 8:46 am Friday, January 4, 2019

Robert Norman Weness, 77

Robert Norman Weness, 77, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus-Rochester.

Bob was born in February of 1941 in Austin, Minnesota, to Clifford and Lillie (Halverson) Weness. He was raised on the family farm north of Adams, Minnesota, along with his siblings, David and Linda. Bob was baptized and confirmed at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams. In 1959, he graduated from Adams High School, where he served as co-captain of the Adams Tigers football and basketball teams. Bob was president of his school FFA chapter, president of the Luther League chapter and enjoyed staying in touch with his classmates through the years. He attended Waldorf College for a time, then bought a milk route and a dairy herd and started farming.

Bob married Beverly Soltau in August of 1962 at the Presbyterian Church in LeRoy, Minnesota. He was active in community affairs, serving on the LeRoy Farmers Coop board, the DHIA board, supervisor and treasurer on the LeRoy Township Board, and president of the LeRoy Lutheran Church council.

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Bob and Bev hosted several foreign exchange students through the University of Minnesota extension program. Students came from Germany, England and Brazil to spend time learning on their dairy farm.

After retiring from dairy farming, Bob worked for Koch Ag at LeRoy, McNeilus Trucking, and Land ‘O Lakes at Pine Island, where he transported milk.

Bob always had a close relationship with his Weness cousins and enjoyed their gatherings and reunions, with Bob being the senior member of the group.

Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly; his sons, Daniel Weness and Michael Weness; beloved granddaughter, Brittnee Michelle Weness; brother, David; sister-in-law Milda; sister, Linda Johnson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Janice Soltau, Richard Koch, Ronald and Barbara Bertsch, Thomas and Jill Soltau and Richard and Ann Soltau; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Lillie Weness; his parents-in-law, Herbert and Kathleen Soltau; brother-in-law, D. Douglas Johnson; and sisters-in-law, Juanita (Voigt) Soltau and Bertha (Bea) Koch.

Bob requested his body be donated to the Mayo Clinic for Research and teaching. Memorial services are planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Bob’s family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St Marys Campus-Rochester for their superior care during the many years Bob was a patient there. They would also like to thank Samaritan Bethany on 8th, to the doctors, nurses and therapists who have cared for and helped Bob over the past few years, and Recover Health for their care and concern while Bob was recovering at home.

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