Frank Wegner remembered for his love of food and family

Monday, July 2, 2012 | 10:26 p.m. CDT; updated 11:12 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA ­– Frank L. Wegner of Columbia died Saturday, June 30, 2012. He was 69.

Mr. Wegner was born April 21, 1943, in Oconomowoc, Wis. to Edwin and Grace Millbroth Wegner.

He served in U.S. Army for 10 years and eventually became a sergeant. While stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he met Sharon Wall. They were married in March 1967. He was stationed in a non-combat position in Korea.

After moving to Columbia, Mr. Wegner worked for the Columbia Daily Tribune as an office assistant and delivery driver. He later worked for Columbia Transit as a bus driver, and then as a driver for OATS, a nonprofit that provides transportation for the elderly, those living in rural areas and people with disabilities. He had previously driven for similar programs in both Washington and Texas. Mr. Wegner retired from OATS in 2005.

He had also worked as a restaurant manager and had a passion for cooking. He often volunteered at the old Elks Lodge in Columbia, working two weekends a month in the kitchen.

Mr. Wegner was known for telling stories at his family gatherings.

"The more food and the more family were around, the happier he was," said Cheryl Hopson, one of Mr. Wegner’s daughters.

Mr. Wegner is survived by his mother, Grace Millbroth of Sullivan, Wis.; two daughters, Charlotte Eaves and her husband, Shawn, of Columbia, and Cheryl Hopson and her husband, Kevin, of Columbia; four brothers, Larry Wegner of Tampa, Fla., Gene Wegner of Elk Grove, Calif., Donald Wegner of Galt, Calif., and David Wegner of Paducah, Ky.; three sisters, Susan Wegner of Reno, Nev., Dawn Raquino of Lovi, Calif., Vicky Millbroth of Sullivan, Wis.; and two sisters-in-law, Denise Meyer of Columbia and Linda Salinas of Columbia; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His wife and three brothers, James Wegner, Dennis Wegner and Darrel Millbroth, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday at Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery at 1479 County Road 1675 in Jacksonville, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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