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Donald D. Wichman 1930-2016

October 4, 2016
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Donald D. Wichman of Emmetsburg was held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Peter Morlock officiated.

Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. Military graveside rites were conducted by members of V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, Emmetsburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Donald Dean Wichman, first born child of Alfred H. and Florence M. (Miller) Wichman, was born Jan. 4, 1930 on the family farm near Ruthven. He received his education at Silver Lake School in Ayrshire, graduating in 1948.

On Aug. 5, 1951, Don was united in marriage to Darlene Frances Nissen at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. Shortly after their marriage, on Nov. 15, 1951 Don entered the United States Army. He served in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged on July 31, 1953 at Fort Carson, CO having earned two Bronze Stars. He and Darlene were blessed with six children.

Don worked as a mason and carpenter by trade, working with his grandfather, Peter Miller and his uncle, LeRoy Miller. Don built two brick homes for his family as well as many area nursing homes and other facilities in the area.

Don was a devoted member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg and was a very active member of V.F.W. Post #2295. Don rarely missed serving in the Honor Guard during parades, funerals or other community events. He was devoted to the V.F.W. Post, helping at annual fish fries, BINGO and countless fund raisers. Don was active in helping with Veteran Affairs, driving people to appointments. He was very proud of the fact that he had volunteered approximately 9700 hours and driven over 400,000 miles for the Veterans in the past 30 years. Don was instrumental in planning and the completion of the Veterans Memorial as well as the memorial at Evergreen Cemetery and at Soper Park.

Don passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene; and a brother, Kenneth.

He is survived by his children, Jacqueline (Keith) Stoltz of Hartley, Rebecca (Frank) Hoefling of Kimberling City, MO, Nancy (Jim) McKenzie of Sioux City, Sharon (Dan) McKee of Geneva, IL, Daniel Wichman of Emmetsburg, and Timothy (Brenda) Wichman of Clear Lake; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brothers, David (Marilyn) Wichman of Canby, OR and Dennis (Elaine) Wichman of Wakefield, RI; a sister, Marilyn (Cyril) Rouse of Ayrshire; sisters-in-law, Viola Wenzler of Owensboro, KY and Elsie Wichman of Ruthven; a special niece, Glenyce Schmeling of Emmetsburg; several other nieces, nephews and extended relatives; as well as many friends.

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