Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Robert Louis Wiesen

Robert Louis Wiesen passed away peacefully in a Twin Falls care facility on Friday morning, Feb. 25, 2011. Bob was born in Sharon, Pa., on Nov. 13, 1931. From there, the family traveled to Kansas, eventually ending up in Idaho. Bob graduated from Kellogg High School in 1949 and then went on to enter the service in 1951. Bob was a corporal in the 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion as a paratrooper in the Korean Conflict. Bob courageously earned two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart while serving his country.

Upon his return from the military, Bob married the love of his life, Wilma. They lived In Twin Falls, raising their family along with venturing into various businesses until 1962 when Bob began to work for Tommy Walker at the Coors distributorship in Twin Falls. In 1976, Bob's dream came true and he became a Coors distributor himself in Hailey, Idaho. He was an active member of his community, including serving as president of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, Santa Claus to all the children as well as in many other community service organizations. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. In 1989 Bob and Wilma retired to Jerome, Idaho, in their dream home.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Wilma; his parents; one sister, Marilyn; his grandson, Boe Balis, and great-grandson, Justice. He is survived by his sister Teddie Werner of Vancouver Wash., three children, Ron Wiesen of Jerome, Cindy (Torn) Wren of Twin Falls and Bobbie (Jim) Balis of Shoup, Idaho; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 1, at White Mortuary's Chapel by the Park with a private entombment at Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls.

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