Vernon Wegner, age 74, of Watertown, passed away on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at home with his loving wife and family by his side. He was born in Lebanon on May 24, 1940, the son of Fred and Ella (Uttech) Wegner. Vern graduated from Watertown High School in 1958. On Aug. 27, 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Penny Luedtke. Together they had three wonderful children. In 1962 Vern started work at Oliver Construction as a carpenter’s apprentice. He loved the company, people he worked with and the people he met along the way. In 2005 he retired from Oliver as president of the company. In 2007 he started part-time at Loeb-Lorman & Co. He retired from Loeb’s in 2014 due to ill health. Vern loved his family and his many friends. He treasured spending time teaching his grandchildren the fine art of fishing. In his early years he enjoyed playing softball, but as he got older, golf with his “buddies” became a priority. He also enjoyed singing with the Faithful Men of Immanuel.
Vern felt very blessed by what was given to him and used his time and talents to give back. On Sept. 12, 2013, he was presented with the “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Citizen” award for his many hours as a volunteer in projects that make the “community strong.” These projects include the Watertown High School Fitness Center, the ROC, the HAWK YMCA and many others. Vern’s generous spirit, his infectious smile and his never ending sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
Vern is survived by his wife, Penny; daughter, Kimberly (John) Jafferis, sons Kirk (fiancé Julie) and Kory (Christina) Wegner; grandchildren, Justin (Lindsey) Jafferis, Leo, Olivia, Hailey, Zakary, Skylar and Alexander Wegner; greatgranddaughter Alexis Jafferis; brother, Burnell (Judy) Wegner; sisters, Glorice (Paul) Indra, Pearl Schuenke, Ellen Woik, LaVern Pusch, Geraldine (Dave) Van Dyke and Jean (Dave) Krueger and in-laws, Pam and Gary Lohaus. Also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Oliver, Marvin and Wayne Wegner and sisters, Evelyn Bocher and Lilas Ohrmundt.
Memorials may be made to the church he loved — Immanuel Lutheran Church of Watertown or one of its many missions—the Watertown Food Pantry, Personal Essentials Pantry or Immanuel’s Hometown Mission, all of which help people in need.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to his friend and doctor, Terry Turke M.D., as well as the wonderful staff at Rainbow Hospice.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Watertown, with the Rev. Todd Iverson and the Rev. Dean Natterstad presiding. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery of Watertown.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit www.pn-fh.com.
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