Wesley Richard Sauerbrei, age 87, of Fairbank, Iowa and formerly of Readlyn, Iowa, died Thursday, September 13, 2018, at his home.
Wes was born on September 9, 1931, in Readlyn, Iowa, the son of Walter and Anna (Rathe) Sauerbrei. He was raised in Readlyn where he was baptized on September 27, 1931 and confirmed on April 2, 1944 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Wes graduated from the Readlyn High School in 1949. Wes entered the United States Army in February of 1952 and was honorably discharged in January of 1954. On November 27, 1952, Wes was united in marriage to Delores Strempke at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fairbank, Iowa. The couple made their home in Readlyn where Wes owned and operated Sauerbrei Oil Company until 1994 and then worked for the City of Waverly for ten years retiring in 2004.
Wes was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Readlyn where he served on the church council, Readlyn V.F.W. serving as commander for several years, Readlyn Historical Society serving as President, Readlyn Community Club, and the Readlyn Telephone Company Board of Directors. Wes was honored as the Readlyn Grump in 1997. Wes enjoyed playing cards, visiting, and the Chicago Cubs, however, his greatest enjoyment was family, especially his grandchildren.
Wes’s memory is honored by: his wife Delores Sauerbrei of Fairbank; two daughters, Cheryl (Keith) Brandt of Waverly and Teresa (Mike) Duffy of Fairbank; three sons, Gary (Connie) Sauerbrei, Larry (Deb) Sauerbrei, and Jerry (Cindy) Sauerbrei all of Readlyn; fourteen grandchildren; forty one great-grandchildren and two on the way; four sisters, Verlaine (Delbert) Hayes of Norwalk, Virginia Sickles of Readlyn, Veronica (Al) Buhr of Denver, and Valitha Dornbusch of Mason City; five brothers, Warren Sauerbrei of West Union, Wayne Sauerbrei of Sumner, Willis (Doris) Sauerbrei of Ames, Walter Jr. (Nanci) Sauerbrei of Aitken, Minnesota, and Woody (Cheryl) Sauerbrei of Waverly; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Sauerbrei of Springfield, Missouri and many nieces and nephews. Wes was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Violet Jacobson; two brothers, Willard and Warner Sauerbrei; and a great-grandson, Nicholas Pierce.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 16, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn where the family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 17, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Readlyn V.F.W. giving honors. Memorials may be directed to St. Matthew Lutheran Church and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn assisting the family with arrangements 319-279-3551.