Wilbert “Bert” Theodore Wiggenjost, 98, of Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Burlington, Iowa, formerly of West Point passed away 6:57 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa.
Born November 9, 1915 at Fort Madison, Iowa the son of George W. and Ida J. Fraune Wiggenjost.
On June 28, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Madison he married Eileen M. Delaney.
Survivors include his wife Eileen of Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Burlington, two sons: Jerry (Barbara) Wiggenjost of Liberty, Missouri and Michael Wiggenjost of West Point. Two daughters: Martha (Chuck) Kulow of Oakville, Iowa and Joann (David) Plyman of Rochelle, Illinois and ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister Marjorie (Virgil) Fedler of West Point and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother William.
Bert was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point. He worked as a mechanic at Frietag Implement in West Point he then worked at First Miss retiring in 1980. He was a United States Army World War II Veteran and a 65 year member of the Holtz-Geers American Legion Post #668 of West Point and had served as Commander. He was a 50 year member of the West Point Fire and Rescue and had served as Chief, a member of the Holy Name Society where he served as President. He played softball and was a pitcher on the all-star team, coached little league, bowled for 50 years winning numerous trophies. He served on the first West Point Sweet Corn Festival Committee and he was chairman of the 7 p.m. Saturday night chicken crew. He served as chicken chairman on the St. Mary’s Fall Festival Committee, helped with mowing of the church grounds and servicing the mowing equipment. He and Eileen were Grand Marshals of the Sweet Corn Festival Parade. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, mowing and fixing things.
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point where there will be a parish rosary recited at 3:00 p.m. and a wake service at 7:00 p.m. with the family meeting friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant.
Burial with full military rights by the Holtz-Geers American Legion Post #668 will be in the Calvary Cemetery in West Point.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the building fund of the West Point American Legion.
Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com