- Published: 07 October 2015
Elmer L. (Bill) Wiebke, 95, Lincoln, died Sept. 30, 2015 in Lincoln. He was born to Charles and Zella (Grantham) Wiebke in Kansas City, Kan., on April 2, 1920. They moved to Lincoln County a few years later. He grew up on the farm and after WWII service returned to farming in Lincoln County for the rest of his life. He entered the US Navy in January 1942 and was assigned to the Light Cruiser USS Cleveland. He participated in the North Africa invasion in November 1942 and then the vessel sailed to the South Pacific where it operated until the war ended. Curiously, when the ship crossed the international date line, the timing was such that the first of January did not occur for the crew. After the war ended the ship transited through Hawaii to San Diego. He was then sent to Norman, Okla., for his discharge. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Goldie; his daughter Carol (Larry) Courtney of Basehor, Kan.; son Don (Jeanne Ann) of Lincoln; and sister Juanita Pryor of Littleton, Colo. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Dr. Gary Courtney, Shannon Wiebke, Kelli Shelton, Lacie Faison, and Keven Courtney, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Judy Ann Wiebke, brother Leonard, and sisters Eula Taylor and Virginia Sacks. Goldie and Bill were faithful members of the Lincoln United Methodist Church. After retirement, Bill and Goldie traveled extensively. One of their many lifetime enjoyments was dancing at the Jolly Mixers and squaredancing; they spent many happy years on the dance floor. Funeral services were Saturday, October 3, at 11:00 a.m., at Hall Chapel with interment to follow in the Lincoln Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lincoln United Methodist Church. Mr. Wiebke was in the care of Hall Funeral Home, Lincoln, Kan. Condolences can be sent online by visiting www.postrockfs.com.