Sam Richard Weigel (March 22, 2013)

February 8, 1947 ~ March 22, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Noon – 9:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, Iowa
The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, Iowa
Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa

Wife – Rozan Weigel of Harlan, IA
1 Daughter – Erica (Larry, Jr.) Allison of Omaha, NE
1 Son – Alex Weigel of Overland Park, KS
Other Relatives and Friends

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers

Sam Richard Weigel, the son of Lloyd and Mary (Gilson) Weigel, was born on February 8, 1947, in Jefferson, Iowa. He grew up in Guthrie Center, Iowa, and graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1965. Sam attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He served six years in the Army National Guard. On July 30, 1972, Sam married Rozan Margaret Goos at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Treynor, Iowa. The couple made their home in Harlan, Iowa, where Sam taught Social Studies and History in the Harlan Community School System for 34 years.

Sam was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church; he had served on the congregation’s Board of Education and sang in the church choir for many years. He was a humble and dependable man who enjoyed many hobbies. He especially liked doing furniture woodworking and stained glass work. He was a true handyman who took care of many repairs for family and friends. The summer cabin on Long Lake, near Park Rapids, Minnesota, was special to him. He loved to spend time fishing, playing golf, eating out, and visiting with friends.

Sam Richard Weigel died on Friday, March 22, 2013, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, having reached the age of 66 years, 1 month, and 14 days.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Lester Weigel, Lyle Weigel, and Donald Weigel. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rozan Weigel of Harlan, Iowa; one daughter, Erica (Larry, Jr.) Allison of Omaha, Nebraska; one son, Alex Weigel of Overland Park, Kansas; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Steve Chellew officiating. Marge Ahrenholtz served as the organist, and Lee Nelson was the soloist. Casket bearers were Larry Allison, Jr., Jon Burmeister, Larry Johnson, Jim Johnston, Dick Kluver, and Alex Weigel. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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24 Responses to Sam Richard Weigel (March 22, 2013)

  1. lynn, friend from college says:

    Rozan, God blessed you in your marriage with Sam. It shows from the responses from his friends how he influenced them.

    I believe you’ll see him again in the new world with other Christians and this new world will be eternally while this world is only a breath.

  2. Diane says:

    Dear Mrs. Weigel(Rozan) and family,
    I know this is late so I hope you get this anyway. I too was one of Mr. Weigel’s students in high school and I really enjoyed him as my teacher. I love history and he made it very interesting and fun. When I heard that he had his accident and had died I felt so bad for him and your whole family. I know he enjoyed doing his wood working so he probably is working on a project for God in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Diane Weihs, 1974 Graduate of Harlan High School

  3. Mike Broich and Becky Wood says:

    Not sure if you remember Mike & I. Mike fishes with the Hoffman crew & will miss Sam’s evening walleye report. Mike & I talked with you and Sam one evening on GF’s deck. We really enjoyed meeting you. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you and your family.

  4. Craig Atwood says:


    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  5. Brett Miller says:

    Dear Weigel family,

    It takes a special grace to be neighbors with a Church camp; a love for kids, for the value of what can be learned in God’s creation through camping, and above all a love for the grace of God. Sam was just that kind of neighbor and friend to the camp. Thank you for the grace you’ve all extended to Pine Haven over all these years and know that you will all be in our prayers as we look forward to the day of our resurrection.

    Brett Miller, on behalf of the PHCA board of directors

  6. Judy Lutz says:

    My heart goes out to the Weigel family. I did not know the family but I work with Erica. Erica is so sweet and kind and I have to believe her parents passed those precious traits on to their children. It’s difficult to cope with the sudden loss of a family member, especially a dear parent. Judging by the tributes to Sam , he was a precious gift to his family, cherished friends and comrads. I know his presence will remain with you forever. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope that his loving memory brings you comfort. Sincerely, Judy Lutz

  7. Allen Gilson says:

    Weigel Family. Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you from Arizona.
    Cousin Al & Regina Gilson.

  8. Marsha, Michael and Dorris Mefford says:

    Rozan, Erica and Alex:
    What a shock to get the news about Sam. I guess none of us knows when the Lord will call us home. We will be keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  9. Carrie Byrnes Wurr (HCHS '84) says:

    To The Family of Sam Weigel,
    His smile will never be forgotten! My heart & prayers are with you.

  10. Julie Johnson says:

    Rozan, Alex and Erica:
    So many great memories and experiences throughout the years with all of you. My parents could talk for hours about Sam. As a teacher, a master craftsmen, a singer, a fisherman, a life long friend to my parents…..such a talented man! I always respected Sam for his calm demeanor and great sense of humor. I will never forget the great times in Minnesota as well as the crazy nights at Becker’s and Tiller’s growing up. How all of you came up with the poems, the skits, the songs….I’ll never know. I was fortunate to know Sam all of my life. Thoughts and prayers to each of you. Mom and Dad are here for you. Whatever you need, just ask!
    Love, Julie

  11. Marilyn Gropper says:

    To The Weigel Family: Please accept my sincerest condolences. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.

  12. Kelvin Coenen says:

    I would like to extend my condolences to the Weigel family. Mr. Weigel was my teacher back in the late seventies and I have fond memories of him being a very kind and caring person/teacher. He will be missed by many.

  13. Rich Knauss - High School Class of '65 says:

    Rozan, Erica, Alex & Family – I wish to extend my sincere condolences to you. Sam was a great guy & I have many fond memories of growing up in Guthrie Center. He will truly be missed. Your family will be in my thoughts & prayers

  14. Lyn Harris says:

    To Sam’s family,
    Sam and I attended High School together at Guthrie Center, IA. I was saddened to hear of his passing as he was a great classmate and friend. I want you to know that we raised your family in prayer at our church this past Sunday and continue to pray for you in this time of loss. Lyn (Linda Sheeder) Harris

  15. Bill and Mary Murtaugh says:

    We extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Sam Weigel. May you find peace in God’s Blessings.

  16. Jim Johnston says:

    Dear Rozan, Erica and Alex,
    Mary and I have been looking at Minnesota pictures. Sam’s smile is as big as ever! I have relived many conversations Sam and I had on the boat while fishing, seems like we did more talking than catching fish. Family was always a topic and he was so proud and blessed for his family. I know Sam was a true friend to many and I feel very blessed and priviledged to have known him. He was always there with a helping hand or ready to do whatever. Our hearts mourn his passing and our prayers are with you. Jim Johnston

  17. Jerry Deren says:

    Dear Weigel Family,

    Please accept my most sincere condolences for your sudden and unexpected loss. While you may not recognize my name, I was one of Sam’s high school students in the mid 80’s…he was my teacher for both Social Studies and history, and I always enjoyed his style of teaching and his deep knowledge of the subject matter. Sam and I often shared “Minnesota fishing stories” as our family also spent many summers in the Park Rapids area (Lake Big Sand), so we always got along well. I know that Sam had a very meaningful and positive impact on thousands of students who came through HCHS, and I know that I am a better person for having known him. He will be missed by more people than you will ever know.

    Prayers and best wishes to you and your family,

    Jerry Deren

  18. Jerry Mabary says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Rozan and family on the untimely passing of Sam. As a voice from the distant past, I remember Sam from the days when we had youth and boundless energy. Those were the good old days when everything was new and happiness required only time with friends. And perhaps some Michelob.

    Count me amoung those who knew Sam as a true friend, a comrade perpetually armed with a smile and a story. A select few of us remember the National Guard encampments, teacher’s lounge stories and the Bachelors Four (Weigel-Castens-Phillips-McCabe). At the core of it all, we were good people learning together, striving to make a difference, paying our dues.

    And so my Harlan friends, Here’s to the old times, here’s to lifelong friendship and here’s to our forgettable friend; Sam.

    Jerry Mabary

  19. Jackie Reinig says:

    Deepest sympathy to the Weigel family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you-Jackie and Allan Reinig, Jocelyn and Byron Borkowski.

  20. Roxanne Reinig says:

    Rozan, Erica, and Alex,
    So sad to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers with you all.

  21. jeff duty says:

    sorry to hear about this loss. Sam was a good man,and teacher. my prayers are with your family

  22. Denise Kleffman says:

    Mrs. Weigel (Rozan). I am just sick about this. Sam was my teacher in 9th grade and then I worked with him 14 years when I was a secretary in HCHS. He was so kind, gentle, laid back, and quiet – what a wonderful person. He was quick to smile, hard to anger (even with some of the idiots we had in the high school!), and I never heard one kid say a bad word about him. He spoke of you and his kids often, he loved you all so and sometimes that is what hurts – to know he had to leave you. I know you are all hurting and I just want you to know that way out here in California – I thought of you all even in the middle of the night and I ache for you. My sincerest sympathies and my husband also who graduated the same year as me but didn’t have Sam as a teacher. One thing I remember as a freshman (about 1969?) was that we were watching a film and some of us in the back were eating Fritos (dumb move – everyone can smell a Frito a mile away). Mr. Weigel (as we called him then), turned off the film, turned on the lights and told us if we were going to sit and eat Fritos we had to share. So we did. Instead of scolding he just made us share. What a peach!

  23. Larry and Bonnie Phillips says:

    Rozan – we were so sad to hear of Sam’s passing. Although we’ve been remiss about keeping in touch over the years, we remember him – and you – fondly. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending you prayers and hugs!

    Bonnie & Larry

  24. Larry Patterson says:

    Rozan, Alex and Erica,

    My deapest sympathy on Sam’s sudden death. Although I knew him but just a few years at your summer retreat in Park Rapids, I will sadly miss him. Earlier I sent a Facebook message to Alex.

    Please know that I will keep all of you in my prayers as you grieve his passing and also celebrate his life. Take care and and God bless……..Larry

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