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Roger Wiltgen
October 6, 1930 - February 10, 2021

Roger Wiltgen, 90, of Waterloo passed away Wednesday February 10, 2021 at his home.  Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 AM on Tuesday February 16, 2021 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:30 AM on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Fr. Ray Atwood officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice in Cedar Falls, IA.

Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is required.  Those in attendance are required to wear a mask.

Roger Joseph Wiltgen was born in Ossian on October 6, 1930 to parents Alfonzo and Amelia (Harold) Wiltgen.  He graduated from Ossian High school with the class of 1948.  Roger then served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War.  On May 27, 1952 he was united in marriage with Dorothy Tepesch in Waukon.  She passed away January 28, 1996.  On May 1, 1999 Roger was united in marriage with Charlotte Hillman in Oelwein.  She passed away July 15, 2007.

Roger was employed with Fareway Stores for over 35 years, retiring in 1992.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein and a Forth Degree Knights of Columbus member.  Roger was a 40 year member of the American Legion and served many years on their Honor Guard.

Left to celebrate Roger’s life are his children: Glenn Wiltgen of Waterloo, Denise (Ross) Taylor of Iowa City and Carla Bigelow of Coralville; his grandchildren: Brandon Bracelin, Matthew Bracelin, Ryan (April) Bracelin, Anna (Paul) Owen, Grant Bigelow, Gavin Bigelow, Jennifer (Matt) Stangl and Nicholas (Ellie) Wiltgen; his eleven great-grandchildren; his sisters: Judy Klaise, Katie Strub and Dawn Haugen; his sister-in-laws: Patricia Wepler, Bernadette Lawlor and Jane Tepesch.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Dorothy; his wife Charlotte, his brother Guy Wiltgen and his sister Joan Schwade.


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Krista Baker Baumgartner on February 16, 2021 at 2:28 PM said:

This saddens me, even though my friend lived a long life. I remember Roger as a great guy and he was always smiling. He liked to tease me at work and he always called me, “Legs.” I came back from college to visit him when he retired from Fareway and just recently Jim Kleitsch and I sent him a birthday card for his 90th birthday.
Heaven has called you home, fly high??
Todd Huinker on February 16, 2021 at 8:34 AM said:

I am truly saddened by Rogers passing. My heart goes out to all the family. What a gentle soul,always had a smile. The world is a lesser place without him. My heart felt condolences!
Debbie & Shannon Hershey on February 15, 2021 at 9:52 AM said:

we are so very for your loss Glenn. It is so hard losing a Dad. He was such a nice man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Schwartz on February 13, 2021 at 10:15 AM said:

Roger was always friendly and had a smile when he was working at Fareway. I know he was well loved by his children. My sympathies to his family
Nancy & Lyle Miller on February 13, 2021 at 8:41 AM said:

Sincere condolences. Roger was good guy, always seemed like busy, friendly guy at Fareway. May he rest in peace

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