Robert J. Wernke, 78, of Dyersville, passed away at home on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW, Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.
Bob was born Feb. 8, 1940, in Holy Cross, the son of John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke. He married Janet K. Middlekauff on Feb. 7, 1970, in Anamosa, Iowa. Bob worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years under Union Local 234.
Survivors include his children, Angela (Matthew) Trenkamp of Iowa City, Brian (Kristen) Wernke of Farley and Sara (Brad) Slater of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth, Anna, Brayden, Brynnleigh, Brooklynn, Brevyn, Max, Jackson and Daisy; siblings, Marian (Thomas) Noblit of Loretto, Tenn., David (Bernie) Wernke of Worthington, Joan Klein of Durango and Ruth (Rick) Ruden of Hudson; a brother-in-law, James (Clare) Middlekauff of Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janet, in 2017, one son, Douglas Wernke, in 2012;
parents-in-law, John and Elizabeth Middlekauff; a brother, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke; and a brother-in-law, Don Klein.
Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.