Joseph Wilgenbusch

Joseph Peter Wilgenbusch, 45, passed away at home on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 

A private funeral service for Joe was held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 20) at Peterson Funeral Home in Indianola. Interment followed services in the St. Marys Cemetery in St. Marys. A webcast of both will be available on Joe’s tribute page at Memorials may be directed to Heather Wilgenbusch to go to the Iowa Donor Network and the St. Marys Fire and Rescue.

Joe was born on Jan. 14, 1975, in Des Moines, Iowa to Pete and Shirley (Lynch) Wilgenbusch of St. Charles/St. Marys area. Joe graduated in 1993 from Martensdale-St. Marys High School. Joe went on to Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in education. Joe married Heather Tyler in 1998. They stayed in the St. Charles/St. Marys area and raised their two boys. Joe worked at the Principal Financial Group for approximately 27 years. Joe volunteered for the Jackson Township Fire and Rescue for several years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Pete Wilgenbusch; and a nephew, Jack Noonan. 

He is survived by his wife, Heather; sons, Lucas and Lane; mother, Shirley Wilgenbusch; sister, Amy (Doug) McCasland; and many other family members and friends.

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