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Robert S. Wilcken
February 20, 1936 - December 25, 2010

          Reverend Robert (Rob) Wilcken of Oelwein, IA, left his earthly home on December 25, 2010.  He died at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, IA from complications after heart surgery.  He was 74 years old.

          Rob is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Carolyn; three sons, Kurt (Kathryn) Wilcken of Sheboygan, WI, Steven (Seana) Wilcken of Ames, IA, and Geoffrey (Wendie) Wilcken of Lawrence, KS; one brother, Clarence “Pete” (Darlene) Wilcken of Roseville, MN; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

          Rev. Wilcken was born on February 20, 1936 in St. Paul, MN, the son of Clarence A. and Mary (Stevens) Wilcken.  He received his college education at the University of Minnesota.  Though music education was his first choice of study, he heard the call of the Lord, and chose holy ministry, entering Concordia Seminary, Springfield IL, earning his Masters of Divinity and being ordained in 1963.  He married Carolyn Milen on July 30, 1960.  For thirty-eight years, he served the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Genoa CO and Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Hugo, CO;  Zion Lutheran Church, Springfield MN; Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sheboygan County, WI; St. Paul Lutheran, Ames, IA; St. Paul’s Lutheran, Thorp, WI; and Epiphany Lutheran Church, Stanley, WI.  In his early years, he was especially active with the youth, participating in 4H fairs and wilderness trips.  In 2001, he left Thorp, WI, retiring in Oelwein, IA.  He never stopped serving the Lord, filling in as supply pastor at several churches in the area, including Good Shepherd Lutheran in West Union.

          Community activities include the Lions Club of Thorp, WI, presiding over campground services in the summer, membership in the Cupboard Association, and volunteering at Arlington Place.

          Rob enjoyed many hobbies during retirement, from glass etching and stained glass artwork, to quirky sayings wrapped around candy bars.  Known as the “Duct Tape Guy,” his most recent hobby has brought much joy to many friends and family members.  He could often be seen around town wearing a duct tape tie and paying for purchases from his duct tape wallet, and conducted occasional demonstrations. 

Visitation: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home.

Funeral Services:  Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 11:00 am at Peace Lutheran Church in Oelwein with Rev. Michael Holmen officiating.  A private burial will take place the same afternoon in Ames, IA. 


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Connie M on January 6, 2011 at 8:11 PM said:

I wish to thank Rob for all his help at The Cupboard. He was a tireless go to guy, always willing to help. Wish I had been able to learn the art of stained glass from him. I know he touched many people and his reward in heaven for the selfless way he lived him life has not gone unnoticed. Condolences to his family!
Judy on December 30, 2010 at 6:09 PM said:

Carie,Kurt,Steve, Geoff and Families,
What a testimony of faith and family you shared after the funeral Wednesday. Your music was wonderful and I know Rob was smiling from ear to ear. Thank you and God bless each of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Country Cottage Cafe on December 30, 2010 at 11:02 AM said:

We offer our thoughts and prayers to you at this most difficult time. everyone will miss the "duct tape guy" on sunday morning breakfasts
Margo (Mochabaer) on December 29, 2010 at 9:08 PM said:

I met Pastor Rob in the chat room at Lutheran's online. He was alway so friendly. He and I had many talks about the Oelwien area (my family is originally from the Tripoli area) and had hoped to meet for coffee on my next trip to Iowa. I am sorry now that I will not have that chance. My deepest sympathy and prayers.
Flacius II/Michael Papich on December 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM said:

Rob's online Bible Studies at Lutherans Online will be missed, learned much from him. My condolences to his family.
Darlene on December 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM said:

I am one of the many "chatters" from the Lutherans Online chat room who have come to know Pastor Rob over the years. We all know that he is with His Lord and pray that you too will be comforted in this knowledge.
Phyllis Range on December 29, 2010 at 7:45 AM said:

Steve and family! I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. What a special person Robert was may you all find peace that he free and lving with the Lord.
Bobbie Westergaard on December 28, 2010 at 8:39 PM said:

Steve - It is never easy to lose a parent and especially on Christmas! May your memories of your father be comforting and if you need anything - do not hesitate to ask.

Bobbie :)
lyred on December 28, 2010 at 7:03 PM said:

would have liked to meet you. would have liked to say thank you for putting up with us. not very good at this so i will be seeing you soon.
Lora Top on December 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM said:

Steve - Thinking of you and your family and keep you all close in my prayers.

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