In Memory of

Keith Wegner

August 21, 1942 - August 14, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

     Keith was born on August 21, 1942 along with his twin brother to parents Walter L. Wegner and Clara (Henningsen) Wegner in Marshalltown Iowa.

     Keith grew up on a farm near Gladbrook, IA and attended Gladbrook grade school and high school, graduating in 1960. Keith then entered the Iowa Army National Guard serving basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Fort Sill, OK for howitzer training. Returning home, Keith helped his father farm and completed a 3.5 year Iowa National Guard program from which Keith was honorably discharged. During this time, Keith also attended college at Waldorf Junior College in Forrest City, IA. He transferred to Iowa State University and earned his bachelor of science degree in biology. During college at Iowa State, he sold Wear-ever cookware on the side and it was a fellow salesman and his wife who introduced Keith to Carol Lynn Petsel. Carol and Keith were married in Des Moines, IA on March 29, 1969. Married for 40 years, Keith and Carol deeply loved each other. Carol was the love of his life and his favorite times were being with her.  To this marriage, they were blessed with two children.

     Keith received a teaching certificate and moved to Omaha in 1970 where Keith and Carol both taught at St. Pius X school, Keith teaching 7thand 8thgrade science. After a year, Keith started working at Firestone tire and rubber company retread shop at night while student teaching during the day working toward a teaching license. He worked for Firestone as a sales assistant manager in Omaha and then transferred to a sales manager position in Cherokee, IA. He worked for Firestone for a total of 14 years. Keith then started working with Bomgaars. He truly enjoyed both his work and the friendships he developed with his co-workers and customers. Keith worked full time with Bomgaars for 31 years until his illness developed during the summer of 2019.

     Keith was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church serving as a Eucharistic minister, participating in prayer groups and bible studies, and serving with the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed studying about Jesus and the Bible. Keith enjoyed gardening, visiting with neighbors and friends, playing cards, camping, hunting for a good bargain sale, and wood working - particularly with the aromatic cedar wood from a tree he had in his yard.  Keith greatly enjoyed family vacations to visit extended family which usually included a trip to the beach for some beach combing. He loved being with and was very proud of his family, particularly adoring his grandchildren and attending their activities.

     Keith will be lovingly remembered by: his twin brother Kermit Wegner and his wife Mary Kay Wegner, brother-in-law Don Winters, brother-in-law George Fritz, brothers and sisters-in-law Joe and Pat Mills, and Lee and Ruth Petsel.

     Left to cherish Keith’s memory are son Brian (Bridget) and daughter Elizabeth (Carl) and five adoring grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friend Helen Greenhalgh. He is also survived by several cousins in Western Iowa.

     Keith was proceeded in death by his beloved wife Carol (Petsel) Wegner, older brother Gerald and his wife Marjorie, older brother Carroll and his wife Marlys, older sister Raena Winters, and sister-in-law Marlene Fritz.

     Keith would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support over the years. The family requests that memorials given in Keith’s honor be directed to the American Cancer Society.


A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Mark Stoll
Honorary Bearers
Keith's grandchildren
Public visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Following the visitation there will be a 7:00 p.m. prayer service with a rosary to follow at the funeral home.
Organist- Charlotte Groves
Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 9:38 AM
“I know and apologize for this being slow. I considered Keith a friend and honourable person. I admit, one of my favorite memories was him playing pool with me and some friend in quimby. He was, as he put it, out of his element, but he had composure and grace that few have. (We won all games😁) I will miss him, and his friendship. (I worked on his house yrs ago.) My own father always spoke highly of Keith. He loved you all, and spoke of that often. The memory of his smile will always brighten my day.”
- Jim Pinkerton
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:48 PM
“Keith and Carol will always hold a special spot in my heart. They were my babysitters growing up and were great friends with my parents. My thoughts are with Brian and Elizabeth and rest of family. God Bless! Amanda ( Steward) Marovets ”
- Amanda ( Steward) Marovets
Friday, August 30, 2019 at 4:21 PM
“Deepest condolences to Keith's family. I just found out about Keith. I met Keith in 1970 and can only say that as a human being he was the kind to be named Employee of the Month every month.”
- Mike McClaren
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:28 PM
“We were saddened to hear of Keith's passing. He was such a friendly and caring person. He always asked us how our daughter was doing when we saw him. (She was also a Bomgaars co-worker when she was in high school and thought highly of him too.) Our sympathies go out to you and your families.”
- Bill and Sue Schwaller
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:28 PM
“My sympathy and regards. Keith was my across the street neighbor while we were in high school. Rest In Peace. ”
- John Clausen
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:28 PM
“Brian, Beth, and families we were so shocked to hear of Keith's passing. You have our deepest sympathies. Daniel and Michelle send their condolences as well. Keith was one of the kindest most patient people we ever knew. Your folks both played a big part in Daniel's life with Carol being his babysitter from the time he was 6 months old till he was 12. No matter how wild and crazy things got with kids running around your dad was always so calm and caring. He was so proud of you kids and your families. Always had a great time visiting with him. We share your loss. Hope it's a comfort to know he and your mom are reunited in heaven now. Love and prayers to you.”
- Tim and Lori LaFave
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:28 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Keith at Bomgaars in the past and I found that he was one of the sweetest, kindest, and most soft spoken men I have ever met. He was always helpful and never had anything mean to say nor did he ever complain. He spoke highly of his children and grandchildren. I was blessed that in a small way he was a part of my life. He will be missed.”
- Nancy Nelson
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:28 PM
“Alison and I send heartfelt condolences to Keith's family. ”
- Don Winters
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:27 PM
“Sorry to hear about Keith. He was a special guy.”
- Wanda schwier
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:27 PM
“Sorry for your loss. He was a great guy! We had lots of fun in Gladbrook throughout out school years and many memories . God bless.”
- Donna Neuroth
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:27 PM
“What a wonderful man. So sorry for your loss.”
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 3:33 PM
“Brian, Beth and Family: we were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. It was nice to see you last month in Chicago, Beth. Your Dad was always so nice to me and I am sure that you all will miss him very much. Wishing you all hope and healing in His love...Chris, Joanna, Adam (Baylee) and Jacob Fritz - Milwaukee, WI”
- The Fritz Family
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 1:03 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Keith was always a kind and caring man. He will truly be missed. Remember all the good memories as they will get you through the bad times. Take care”
- Nancy Hofer
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 1:03 PM
“So sorry to hear about Keith. He was my classmate and friend. You have my sympathy. ”
- Barbara luethje
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“Keith was such a kind and gentle man who touched the lives of so many people. He always made time for a chat and nothing seemed to please him more than sharing about his children and grand children. May your memories bring you comfort. We share your loss and will keep you in our prayers. God bless.”
- Sandy Gustafson
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“Our deepest sympathies for the loss of Keith. Heaven gained another angel. ”
- Renee (Wegner) Nelson
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“It was always such a great pleasure to see Keith . He was a kind, humble, and decent man. I believe that Kieth was an example for who God calls us to be.
He often spoke of his love for his family.
Gods peace to Kieth and all his family .
- Mike Traster
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with Keith at Bomgaars.A pleasant and wonderful man-heaven gained a Good One!”
- Jan Werthman
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“Brian and Beth,
We moved in next door to your folks when Jacob was about 2. 22 years later the memories are too numerous to count. I will always treasure the memories of Carol out in the yard with her daycare kids. I know Keith never really had a day off as the kids all wanted to be there on his day off!! The memories of him taking off with the boys to play ball at the empty lot will forever be a warm memory. Keith led by example and was such an incredible role model for my son. God Bless you and your family,
- Kerry Collins
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Will have you all in our prayers.”
- Amy brown
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM
“This is a beautiful picture of your dad. I have always thought highly of him and how kind he was to those around him. I'm very sorry for your loss!”
- Kris (Barrett) Walter
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM
“So so sorry to hear that Keith passed away. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him at Bomgaars back in the days. Such a kind, gentle man that would give u the shirt off of his back. He was so very very proud of you two and so loved your mom. Have peace knowing they are together again. My deepest condolences to you both and your families.”
- Wendy Lee-Nelson
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Keith was amazing man and hoping for his comfort and peace. To the man who introduced me to twin bings, I will always remember his kindness to me and our family. ”
- Rick
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:27 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss I have nothing but the fondest memories of Keith. Having grown up in the neighborhood that he lived in for many years and then getting the pleasure of working with him for 18 years, I feel very blessed to have known such a great guy so well. The world would be a kinder more gentle place if there were more “Keith’s” in the world. May the Lord comfort you all as you process your loss. ”
- Hope McCollam
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:27 AM
“So sorry about Keiths passing He was a very special friend who we will miss very much. Sending all our love in the loss of your father and grandfather”
- David and Claudia Brown
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:27 AM
“Keith was a wonderful man and a hard worker. We will miss him very much ! Prayers and our thoughts to his family and friends🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻”
- Tamie & Doug Mummert
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:04 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Keith was very friendly. ”
- Mackenzie Gaes
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