Howard Wegner, 89

obit-WegnerHHoward W. Wegner, a resident of Waconia, formerly of Little Falls, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society Care Center in Waconia.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 25, at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls with the Rev. David Sperstad officiating. Burial took place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Military Honors were conducted by the Little Falls American Legion Post 46.

Howard William Wegner was born March 4, 1924, in Raymond, to the late Herman and Ida (Buss) Wegner. He grew up in Raymond, was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Howard graduated from Raymond High School in 1942, where he was a star baseball player. Howard attended Macalester College before being drafted in 1943 into the United States Army at the age of 19. He drove amphibious tractors in Hawaii, the Philippines and Japan in World War II. In May of 1943, he was honorably discharged, obtaining the rank of sergeant. While going to St. Cloud College he met and married the love of his life, Doris Tietz, Aug. 6, 1949. Howard graduated from St. Cloud University with degrees in physical education and industrial arts. He taught in Huntley from 1951 to1953 and in Brewster from 1953 to 1955, also coaching basketball and football. The couple moved to Glencoe from 1955 to 1966, teaching industrial arts in Buffalo Lake. He worked summers at the Glencoe Green Giant Co. Howard received a master’s degree in counseling from Mankato State and moved to Little Falls in 1966, where he was the middle school counselor and driver’s education instructor until retirement in 1984. Howard was a member of the Little Falls Lions, MEA, Teachers Association, United Way Board of Directors, donated many hours to the Habitat for Humanity, was active in the Little Falls American Legion, Gideon’s Society and held many positions of leadership in the church. Howard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Howie had the gift of working with wood, and built many items for churches, family and friends as well as wood carvings.

He is remembered by his loving wife of almost 64 years, Doris; daughter, Christine and husband, Douglas Scholla of Waconia; grandchildren, Heidi (Scholla) and Alex Cisse, Tim and Tia Scholla, Katie (Scholla) and John Oakes; great-grandchildren, James Cisse, Brooke and Haley Scholla and Adair Oakes; sister, Marilyn Goeman; and sisters-in-laws, Lorraine Wegner and Maxine Wegner.

Howard “Pops” was a gentle, kind, special and loving man who quietly loved very much his God, family, church, community and country.

Pallbearers were Bill Wegner, Bob Wegner, Tim Scholla, Dan Goeman, Katie Oakes and Heidi Cisse.

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