Due to Covid-19 regulations, a private family Mass of Christian Burial for Robert C. “Bob” Wilmes, age 90, of Creighton, Nebraska will be Saturday, January 30, 2021, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. Reverend Jeremy Hans will be Celebrant. Interment will be at a later date.
Livestreaming will begin at 10:30 a.m. on St. Ludger Catholic Church Facebook page.
Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church, with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service. Family will be present form 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks are required.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Robert “Bob” Charles Wilmes passed away January 21, 2021, at the Avera Care Center in Creighton, Nebraska at the age of 90 years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was born January 13, 1931, to John and Margaret (Vogt) Wilmes near Creighton. Bob grew up northwest of Creighton with two brothers and two sisters. He attended a country school through the 7th grade, and then graduated in 1948 from St. Ludger High School in Creighton. Following graduation, Bob farmed with his father. He then started working for Murphy Brothers Construction in South Dakota before returning to Creighton to continue farming until he got married.
Bob married Marlene Ann Wagner on November 22, 1951, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. They lived with Bob’s parents until the spring of 1952 when they moved to town where he worked as a parts man at Naprstek. In 1953, they moved to their farmhouse northwest of Creighton where Bob started farming, milking cows, and where they raised their family. He was a Rural Mail Carrier for the Postal Service for many years until he retired in 1996. He worked part-time at Jerry’s Bar and after retirement he helped at Brockhaus Funeral Home. Bob was a member of St. Ludger Catholic Church where he was a lector and member of Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Committee and Rural Mail Carriers Association. Bob enjoyed bowling, playing cards, pinochle, cribbage, dancing, traveling, and attending games of his children and grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared in his life were his wife, Marlene, of 69 years and family: Francie Hornback of Creighton, Miranda, Kelsey Hornback, Katlin (Jeremy) Liss; Mark (Jane) Wilmes of Creighton, Greg (Lauren) Wilmes, Adrienne (Zack) Hunt, Randy, Sara Wilmes; Jolee (Don) Wheatley of Eagle, Aaron (Jerrica) Wheatley, Heather (Justin) Holub; Jeff (Beth) Wilmes of Fremont, Laura (Tyler) Brown, Jim (Jordan) Wilmes, Brian, Jack Wilmes; Rick (Patricia) Wilmes of Creighton, Kylee, Seth Wilmes (fiancé Malerie Hixson), Justin, Chasity Wilmes (fiancé Brant Shoemaker), RJ Wilmes; Virginia “Gina” (Larry) Fuelberth of Lincoln, Anne, Brynn, and Nolan Fuelberth; Nancy (Dean) Schlote of Plainview, Adam, Jacob, and John Schlote. Great grandchildren: Keaton Hornback, Caden Wilmes, Emery and Easton Hunt, Avery and Valerie Wheatley, Tonya Holub, and two on the way. Siblings: MaryAnn Moser of Eugene, OR; Marlene Fanta of Creighton; Rita Pitt of Creighton; Butch (Rita) Wagner of Creighton; Virginia Wagner and Jody Balzer of Franksville, WI. Numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Doug Hornback; stillborn daughter; parents, John and Margaret Wilmes; brothers and sisters-in law, Henry and Beata Wilmes, Jack and Ruth Wilmes, Paul Moser, Willie Fanta, Eldred Pitt, Dennis Wagner; and parents-in-law, Leo and Rose Wagner.
Bob was friendly to all and was respected and loved by many. He will be missed.
Memorials may be directed to St. Ludger Catholic School.