In Memory of Donald Dean Wegner
March 18, 1933 - January 20, 2019
Memorial service Saturday, February 2, 2019 10:30 AM St. John's Lutheran Church Des Moines, Iowa

Donald Dean Wegner of Fernandina Beach, Florida, died January 20, 2019, at age 85. Don was born in Aspinwall, Iowa, and graduated from Manning High School. He served for two years in the Korean Conflict. After leaving the army, Don moved to Des Moines to attend The Barber College which began his 50-year career of barbering in Des Moines. His customers became his business advisors, friends, and family. Don retired to Lake Okoboji, Iowa, in 2005, then moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida, in 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Iowa.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Melvin, Paul, Warren, Frank, and Lucille. Survivors include his wife, Marjean, Fernandina Beach, Florida; daughter Janel Dennen (Marc Stopeck), Oak Park, Illinois, and their son Isaac; daughter Jody Nelson (Don), Northbrook, Illinois, and their children Jack and Sonja; son William Wegner, Des Moines, Iowa; and sister Judy, Manning, Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Foundation at

Additional information:
Donald was the son of Emil and Margaret (Vehrs) Wegner.
He attended Aspinwall School and graduated from Manning High School in 1951.

Emil & Margaret Wegner February 13, 1918
Emil Wegner, son of Hinrich (Henry) and Margaretha (Hilbert) Wegner, was born April 23, 1881 in Crawford County, Iowa. He came from a family of eleven siblings, Anna, William, Oval, Emma, George, Augusta, Margaret, Frank, Ella, Hannah and Emil.
Emil married Margaret Wilhelmina Vehrs, daughter of Gus and Bertha (Opperman) Vehrs, February 13, 1918 in Crawford County, Iowa. Margaret was born May 13, 1898 in Crawford County, Iowa. Margaret came from a family of 13 siblings: Peter, Herbert, John, Edward, Margaret, Ella, Viola and Verna (twins), Harold and Helen (twins), and three children died in infancy.
Emil and Margaret farmed until 1927 when they moved into Aspinwall. On April 15, 1939 Emil died and shortly thereafter Margaret moved to Manning where she spent the rest of her life. Margaret passed away November 5, 1983.
Emil and Margaret had 7 children: Melvin, Paul, Warren, Lucille (Thompson), Frank, Donald and Judy. Melvin married Helen Hinz and they had six children: Gary, Connie, Dale, Carolyn, Leslie and LeRoy (twins), Mary and Randy. Warren married Caroline Hass and they had two children, Jeffrey and Michael. Lucille married Maynard Thompson and they had two children, Brent and Beth. Donald married Marjean Lewis Winterboer and they had three children, Janelle, Jody and William. Emil and Margaret also had 15 grandchildren.

A teacher, Judy Wegner, Diane Dalgety, Elke Bunz

Melvin & Helen (Hinz) Wegner May 27, 1940

Back: Gladys Boyens, Donald Schroeder, Virgene Schacht, ??, LaVern Boyens
Front: Donna Schacht, Lucille Wegner, Alvin Jansen, ??

Wilbur Karsten, Bill Strathman, Frank Wegner

Unfortunately I have NO military pictures or information for Donald Wegner.
I have to believe someone out there whose father/grandfather/uncle was a Veteran and friend of Donald has a picture of Donald, similar to the one with Frank Wegner which came from the Strathman collection.

It is so sad at how many Manning connected Veterans won't be featured in the Manning Veterans' book, simply because no one will come forward to help me with this project.

Wegner school information

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