Duane Edwin Wegner (1926 - 2016)

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Funeral services for Duane E. Wegner, 90, were held Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Reverend Jonathan Connor, officiating. Casket Bearers were Scott Odendahl, Jeff Richardson, Tom Wegner, Dale Wegner, David Wegner, Bruce Wegner and Kyle Wegner. Interment was in the Manning Cemetery in Manning with Military Honors by V.F.W. Post 3517. Ohde Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Duane Edwin, son of Edwin and Lolida (Schroeder) Wegner was born April 16, 1926 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Carroll. He attended school until his eighth grade graduation and then started farming with his parents.
Duane was inducted into the United States Army on April 3,1945. The day he came out of basic training WWII was over. He was sent to Okinawa, Japan where he served for a year until he was honorably discharged on December 30, 1946.
On Feb. 18, 1951 Duane was united in marriage to Arlene Ladehoff at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla. From this union four children were born, Gail, Karen, Dean and Roger.
He and Arlene farmed south of Botna until they moved in to Manning in 1978. Duane was a lifelong farmer; having farmed for over 65 years. He slowed down working in the last years of his life but he never officially retired. When he could no longer farm, he loved to drive the country roads viewing the crops.
Duane was a member of the Manning VFW and Zion Lutheran Church. He was recognized by the Manning VFW on Dec. 5, 2015 for holding the post's longest membership of 70 years. Duane was soft-spoken and easy going. He enjoyed watching old westerns, liked dogs, became an accomplished cookie baker, went on fishing trips, and enjoyed playing cards.
Duane became a resident of the Manning Plaza Nursing Home, Manning, in May of 2016. He died there on Wednesday August 3, 2016 at the age of 90 years, 3 months and 18 days.
Preceding him in death are his parents; wife Arlene Wegner in 2012; granddaughter Kaelyn Odendahl and brother Robert (Shirley) Wegner.
Duane is survived by his children Gail (James) Richardson of Audubon, Karen (Gary) Odendahl of Carroll, Dean (Kim) Wegner of Phoenix, AZ and Roger Wegner of Manning; grandchildren Jennifer Richardson of Audubon, Jessica (Dave) Toillion of Spokane, WA, Jeff (Elizabeth) Richardson of Newton, Angie (Bruce) Tigges of Phoenix, AZ, Laurie (Jonathan) Wellendorf of Ankeny, Scott (Mallory) Odendahl of Ankeny, Julie Southwick of Ankeny, Michelle Wegner of Phoenix, AZ, Elizabeth Wegner of Phoenix, AZ and Adam Wegner of Phoenix, AZ; 17 great grandchildren; brother Allen (Joyce) Wegner of Farifax, VA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
God Made A Farmer
And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker" --so God made a Farmer. God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board" -- so God made a Farmer.
"I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild; somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it" -- so God made a Farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps; who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, and then pain'n from tractor back,' "put in another seventy-two hours" -- so God made a Farmer.
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds, and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place -- so God made a Farmer.
God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark." It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners; somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church; somebody who would bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says that he wants to spend his life "doing what dad does" -- so God made a Farmer.
~ Paul Harvey

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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 12 to Aug. 19, 2016
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