Joseph Theodore “Joe” Wieberg, 93, of Martinsburg, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain in Mexico, Missouri.
Mr. Wieberg was born November 4, 1925 in Martinsburg, Missouri, a son of Theodore and Ottilia (Dubbert) Wieberg.
On August 12, 1961 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montgomery City, he married Doris Elizabeth Cobb. Joe and Doris have shared over 58 wonderful years of marriage together and were the parents of three children. Joe was born and raised in Martinsburg and had lived all of his life there.
Joe was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Local 1270 and the Bishop Leo J. Steck Assembly Fourth Degree.
Joe started working at a young age with his dad at his blacksmith shop in Martinsburg. He later purchased it, naming the business Wieberg Implement, where he was joined by his brothers Bud and Corky, selling International Harvester and later Case IH farm equipment. Joe was also a row crop farmer. His hard work, success and integrity as a businessman, treating every customer right, gained him many friends throughout the years.
He never got to go to college, which was one of his dreams, but he educated himself by reading anything he could. Joe enjoyed working as a machinist and with electronics, working out in his shop almost daily, making engines and building almost anything, coming up with solutions to any mechanical problem, even inventing new solutions. If he didn’t know how to, he would get books or manuals and study until he could. Joe built his own satellite receiver and in 1976, he built his own boat. If a farmer needed a part for an older piece of equipment that they no longer made, Joe could make that part.
In addition to his business, he was active in the community, serving many years on the R-VI School Board and with Audrain County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers. Joe was a member and former President of the Mississippi Valley Equipment Dealers Association. He was very progressive working with the University Extension Agency on the first irrigation in the area.
Joe is survived by his wife, Doris Elizabeth Wieberg, of the home in Martinsburg; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Ann and Jeff Wilson, of Lee Summit and Theresa Jo “JoJo” and Larry Compton, of Lamar; son and daughter-in-law, Mark Joseph and Kara Wieberg, of Mexico; ten grandchildren, Lucas Compton and wife, Lacy, Landon Compton and wife, Chynna, Jesse Compton, Lauren Compton, Brandt Wieberg, Mackenzie Wieberg, Maya Wieberg, Anna Wieberg, Eli Wieberg and Sophia Wieberg; brother and sister-in-law, Carl “Corky” and Margie Wieberg, of Martinsburg and sisters, Jane Frick, of O’Fallon and Claire Brinkmann, of St. Louis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Ottilia Wieberg and brother, Robert John “Bud” Wieberg.
A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 7, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg. Father Austin Okoli and Deacon Ron Deimeke officiated. Serving as organist was Palmyra Dubbert. Cantor was Brenda Hale.
Visitation was held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service, Monday, at the church.
Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, south of Martinsburg. Serving as pallbearers were his grandsons, Jesse Compton, Landon Compton, Lucas Compton, Brandt Wieberg, Eli Wieberg, nephew, Eddie Wieberg and neighbor, Jim Gastler. Honorary pallbearers were his granddaughters, Lauren Compton, Anna Wieberg, Sophia Wieberg, Mackenzie Wieberg and Maya Wieberg.
Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Memorial contributions were suggested to St. Joseph School Trust Fund or to St. Joseph Catholic Church for the maintenance of the church bell, c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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