Donald Clemens Wiltgen, age 88, of Fountain, CO passed away August 14, 2013 in Grand Junction, CO. Don was born July 22, 1925 in Decorah, IA to Mary Wiltgen (Uhlenhake) and William L. Wiltgen. He married Darlene Fay Lively on July 24, 1943; they had 3 children Donald Dennis Wiltgen, Donna Lee Mills, and Darrell Duane Wiltgen, 8 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Don served 2-1/2 years in WWII as a combat engineer in the invasion of Leyte, Southern Philippines and Okinawa. He was wounded in Okinawa in 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart for this, he also received a good conduct medal and 2 Bronze stars. When Don left the service he became a trim carpenter he did this until he retired 30 years later. He worked for Stout construction for 23 of those years. Don was also a charter member of the Security volunteer fire department and served with them for 20 years. He was also a member of the Colorado POA club, Widefield Riders, and Security Knights of Columbus. Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Darlene, 5 brothers: Raymond Francis, Ralf, Richard and Walt; 2 sisters: Mildred and Dolores and one grandchild Debbie Wiltgen. There will be a viewing from 3pm-7pm on Monday, August 19, 2013 with a Rosary to follow at Dove Witt Mortuary. The funeral will be on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10AM at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Fountain, CO. In lieu of flowers donate to the Security Fire Department or St Dominic's Catholic Church.
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Published in The Gazette on Aug. 17, 2013