Wayne A. Wieditz, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospice Inpatient Unit in Cedar Rapids following a short illness. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton with the Rev. Stephen K. Preus officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. Sixth St., in Vinton.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.
Wayne was born March 22, 1931, in Vinton, to Carl and Mary (Rinderknecht) Wieditz. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1949. Wayne was united in marriage to Marilyn C. (Vogt) Grau on Jan. 21, 1977. She preceded him in death on Dec. 2, 1979.
Wayne was a lifetime farmer in the Vinton area, where he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Farm Bureau. He loved his little dog, Ole, going to coffee in Garrison and sitting on his porch. Wayne cherished his lifelong friendship with childhood friend, Donald Dill. He kept busy with many projects around the farm. Wayne's dear friend, Alvin Bauer, began farming for him when he retired.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Ruth Wieditz; his nieces and nephews, Ann (Mark) Schmelzer and Dawn (Trent) Packingham, both of Vinton, and Dean Wieditz, Carole Garbers, Gary Wieditz, Glenn Wieditz and Gary Phillis; his stepdaughters, Chrystal (Robert) Young of Alexandria, Va., and Pennie (Steve) Anderson of Independence; two grandchildren, Anna Anderson and Chad (Allison) Anderson; his six great-grandchildren, Henry, Mackie and Emma Welter, Aidan, Aila and Abel Anderson; his great-nieces and a great-nephew, Pamela Keel, Toni Thompson, Alexandria Schmelzer and Brock Schmelzer.
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his brothers, Walter, Vernon and Richard Wieditz; and his sisters, Marcella Seboldt and Lucille Phillis.