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Robert Julius Wieland, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather as well as minister of the Gospel, longtime missionary to East Africa, author, pastor and friend, died peacefully on July 13, 2011 at the age of 95 in Walnut Creek, Calif. He and his beloved departed wife Grace lived their last 20 years together in Meadow Vista, Calif.
He is survived by children Robert E. Wieland, John Wieland and Margaret Utt, as well as foster daughter Vickie Sagaral. He is also mourned by five grandchildren, Sonia Wieland, Ian Wieland, Heidi Ketcherside, Kirsten Yeates and Kristin Sagaral. He leaves three great-grandaughters, Riley Yeates, Hannah Ketcherside and Alison Yeates.
When only two, Robert, whose father owned the electric company in Spencer, W. Virginia, lost his mother and very nearly his own life to Spanish Influenza. When he was six he moved with his father, stepmother, and brother Howard to Florida. As a boy he read avidly and widely and developed his growing writing talent. Listening to an old cracked Victrola recording of Jascha Heifetz started a lifetime of violin playing and a passion for classical music. He graduated from high school in St. Cloud, and won a Florida statewide academic contest. He attended Southern Missionary College and later graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist seminary at Emmanuel Missionary College near Washington D.C. He became pastor of a small church in St. Augustine, Florida.
He couldn't, however, forget the young nursing student, Grace Thomson, he had met during a job as a bellhop at Florida Sanitarium and Hospital. She was working as an R.N. in California. After continuing their relationship by correspondence he crossed the country in his 1937 Chevy to propose. They were married two weeks later, on January 11, 1942 in Glendale, California. That started 66 years of a very devoted, loving and supportive marriage that inspired and nurtured all those around them, until Grace's death in 2008.
Their first son was born while he and Grace lived in a garage apartment near the church they pastored in Florida. Their second son and their daughter were both born in Uganda, East Africa, since Robert and Grace in 1945 had answered a call to become Seventh-day Adventist missionaries. The young family of three had journeyed to Africa just after the war, initially on a still blacked out Portuguese ocean liner only a few weeks after the German U-boats had ceased their operations.
Robert and Grace loved the people and tropical beauty of Uganda. At first they lived in the primitive countryside, near the Mountains of the Moon, and Robert built several churches and a hospital that survived the Idi Amin regime. Their second son and daughter were born after the family moved to the capital city of Kampala. In 1952 they moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where Robert was a pastor, church administrator, radio speaker, editor and prolific writer. He was fluent in Luganda and Swahili. His Christian books are still sold there; and many Africans still read and remember him and Grace with love and appreciation.
After moving back to the United States in 1964 Robert became pastor of the Brawley, Banning and Chula Vista Seventh-day Adventist churches in California. In 1979 Robert and Grace returned to Africa for two years of further service in their beloved Kenya. After retirement they moved to Meadow Vista in 1986.
However being of sound body, mind and spirit Robert continued his dedicated service to his church, speaking widely at seminars and church meetings in Europe, India, Japan, Australia, West Africa and around the United States. His enormous life work of magazines and dozens of books, tapes and videos survive him and will continue to minister to many people.
However, it is as a kind and generous gentleman, ever thoughtful and deeply wise in the Scriptures, that he is most remembered. He leaves many friends and family who are thankful for his lifetime of willing and gracious service.
A memorial service for Robert will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the Meadow Vista Seventh-day Adventist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Adventist Development and Relief Agency for emergency help for the devastating famine in E. Africa ( as a memorial donation for Robert J. Wieland.

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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Aug. 4, 2011.
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April 29, 2021
I personally didn't meet Robert, I got to know him while reading one his books "Daniel reveals the future" (what an amazing enlightening book). Interesting I didn't know he was a Seventh day Adventist until I read his Bio above after I realise the alignment of what's in the book to Adventists beliefs. I'm grateful, this book really helped me to understand the book of Daniel as we are living in the last days (it brought more enlightenment and it makes Scriptures easy to understand). Looking forward to that great day when we shall be with Jesus, including my loved ones and Robert.
February 6, 2021
A ledged with a revolutionary insights to the gospel. Never forgotten though only a penpal. Inspired many to take the gospel to a higher experience and more relational at that. Be moved like never before listening to his sermons
Tony Milekic
July 29, 2020
Robert Wieland warmed my heart every time he spoke on the Agape love of Christ! I am a product of his ministry in Western Kenya, East Africa. . He made me resign from Kenya government state employment and join the ministry. His books remain fresh every time I turn a page to read. I shall never forget him! Thanks to God for his life ministry!
Caesar Mwachi
December 27, 2019
Thank you for sharing Gods precious truths to me when I was a young boy.
James Green
August 14, 2011
Elder Wieland spoke three times at the Kenhorst Boulevard Church in Reading, PA. A weekend series in 1989, and two - week series in 1990 and 1993. We were honored to have him and his wife stay with us in 1993. His meetings were our introduction to the Gospel in which we have grown measuarbly during the ensuing years. He blessed us and we will never forget him and his wife.
Frederick H. Morgan, Jr.
August 13, 2011
Elder Robert Wieland allowed God to use him to bring out the most touching principles of the The Bible, Spirit of prophecy & writings of Jones & Waggner. Principles with a stong common thread. It is hard not to be influenced by these gems! - Such as: History of God's selfless,persistent Love; attempting to guide often times a obstenant people. Pastor Wieland & Grace were a Blessing in my life as so many others. Blessed be the memory of what they stood for. Arni Olafsson (Sacramento, CA)
August 9, 2011
I can't begin to convey the impact that Robert Wieland had on my life. His understanding of the Gospel revolutionized my thinking and forever challenged my lukewarm Christianity. He was a true servant of God and will be sorely missed
John Schneider
August 9, 2011
Elder Robert Wieland was a legend. He has left a legacy for all of us. I enjoyed reading his books which were fully Christ-centered.He has died yet he still lives in our thoughts.Let's carry on the work of enlightening the minds of others with Christ's everlasting gospel cause that is what he treasured in his life. He was indeed my hero.I will miss him. May the Almighty God keep and strengthen the family at this time of great loss.
Martha Wamalika
August 9, 2011
Elder Wieland caused my heart to melt every time he preached on God's Agape love! I read every sentence in his books and I was touched with the depth of the insights he taught. The Elder was our Pastor in Kenya and conducted many camp meetings in Western Kenya and Mt Elgon. It was during one of these camp meetings that one of our African Village Elder gave himself to Christ and the whole villagehold followed. We are fruits of his ministry. Death has caused a gap that will be felt many years to come. (Mwachi, Chebwai SDA Church)
August 7, 2011
Elder Wieland changed my relationship wtih Christ. When I sat in the back row that Sabbath I for the first time believed that love was the foundation of every action of heaven. What a gift! It has been my joy to share it just as he shared it with me.
Melanie Maycock
August 5, 2011
Elder Wieland's ministry and witness will be greatly missed. His understanding of the gospel conveyed through books and the spoken word has been a blessing to me for many years.
Judy Golden
August 5, 2011
Elder Robert J. Wieland was a hero of mine. He was a fine, kind, loving, yet frank Christian gentleman who truly portayed what a follower of Jesus should be. I first heard Elder Wieland speak in August of 1987 in Hinsdale, Illinois. His subject was on Christ our Righteousness, his favorite topic. I have never been the same in my Christian experience. I was led to search the Bible and to truly get to know God, and to understand that the Seventh-day Adventist Church had a mission to share Christ and Him crucified to the world. I will always be thankful to God for allowing me to be a small part of Elder Wieland's life. I have over 30 letters that I received from Elder Wieland in correspondences I had with him from 1987-2000. He always answered all my letters, e-mails, and every question I had. He was such an earnest man. One day in Heaven I will have the opportunity to thank him for always pointing me to Jesus. I know he is asleep in our Saviour and awaits the ressurection day.
Artie Hamann
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