Robert “Bob” Weigel, 76, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving wife, Carol, & daughter Nikki, April 6, 2018.
Bob was born January 27, 1942, in Hays, Kansas. The son of Marcus Weigel and Sophia Nowak, Bob was born into a loving, beautiful family of 15 brothers and sisters. They all looked out for one another, helping each other daily, learning and practicing life’s lessons of kindness and caring. They always looked out for one another. These early lessons in life were a gift to Bob as he carried this throughout his life.
Bob was a simple, hardworking man, with a great sense of humor and quick wit. He never wanted a fuss and loved his family dearly, along with his precious and faithful canine companion, Dezi. During Bob’s illness, Dezi never left his side, watching over him daily.
Bob’s father Marcus ran his own grocery store in Hays, Kansas where he employed a good part of the family. This was where Bob learned his skills of market management, store management, and working with people and employees. He worked harder then anyone, always trying to set a good example for his family, friends, & employees.
Brothers & sisters who preceded in death were Dolores, Marvin, Don, Ken, Leroy, Darrel, & JoAnn. He is survived by siblings, Charlotte, Mark, Duane, Donna, Carol, Cheryl, & Dennis. Bob is survived by his loving wife Carol, of almost 55 years of marriage, his loving daughter Nikki Weigel, Granddaughter Paige Helt, Grandson, Christopher Helt, wife Caitlin Helt & his great grandaughter, Charlotte Jane Helt, Bob will be laid to rest next to his beloved grandaughter, Olya Helt.
Bob went to work for Dillons in 1962 and retired in 2000. He was transferred often & worked in the towns of Larned, Dodge City, Garden City, Hays, Hutchinson, Winfield, and finally moved to Lawrence, KS in 1984, where he and his family remained.
Bob quickly became a Jayhawk Fan, loved to golf, and loved his family and church.
Bob retired in 2000, due to his second treatment for cancer, always bouncing back, trying to stay positive. Bob’s favorite saying, was “It will get better. We will beat this.” Bob went through cancer treatment for the third time just recently but never stopped having hope & faith even towards the end. He was a rock and role model for his family & friends.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for April 11th, 10:00am at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 1234 Kentucky St. Lawrence, KS. Burial services to immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1517 E. 15th Lawrence KS with a dinner at St John’s church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bob’s life. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or the Lawrence Humane Society.
The family would like to thank Dr. Luke Huerter, the LMH Oncology Center & staff, Dr. Darren Klish & staff, Dr. Kevin Stuever & staff, Dr. Krishna Rangarajan, Dr. Ben Powers from the KU Cancer Center, Dr. Sosinski & the Hospice staff & also the Visiting Nurses.