Fredrick Wegner Obituary

Fredrick Paul Wegner
Fredrick Paul Wegner
Fredrick Paul Wegner

January 29, 1922 - October 6, 2006
Born in Creighton, NE
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Fredrick Paul Wegner, 84, died peacefully on Friday, October 6, 2006 at Central Iowa Hospice Kavanagh House on 56th Street. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Monday at Grace United Methodist Church, 37th & Cottage Grove in Des Moines. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery.

Fredrick was born on January 29, 1922, together with his identical twin brother, Franklyn to Paul and Elizabeth Stresse Wegner in Creighton, Nebraska. He graduated from Creighton High School in 1939. Fredrick served in World War II in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired from the military in 1982 after serving 39 years in the reserve and Iowa National Guard at the rank of Captain.

He married the love of his life, Ferol Helene McKay on January 1, 1947 in Creighton, Nebraska and five children were born to this union.

Fredrick was employed with the U.S. Postal Service after high school graduation and following his WWII tour of duty. He owned and operated Wegner Lumber Co. in Bonesteel, South Dakota and Wegner Home Improvement in Winner, South Dakota from 1954 to 1963 before moving to Des Moines, Iowa for educational and health opportunities for his three disabled sons. He worked for Sears Roebuck as an outside salesman in plumbing, heating and air conditioning for 23 years at the Merle Hay store.

During his retirement years he devoted his life to persons with disability issues. He served on many boards as a learned ADA advocate. He served on the Des Moines Access Advisory Board as charter member, board member and chairman, as a Commissioner on the Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities earning a Distinguished Service Award and the Central Iowa Center for Independent Living as board member. Fredrick was a member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Western Iowa Chapter serving as board member and President, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1151 in Creighton, Nebraska, American Legion Post 663 in Urbandale, Iowa Paralyzed Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Acanthus Masonic Lodge No. 632, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 135 as President, Past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star and a long time member of the Grace United Methodist Church. He earned the Iowa PVA Chapter Award for lifelong service to veterans and disabled veterans and the disabled community as a whole and the ID Action Citizen of the Year Award.

Fredrick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ferol; son, Ronald (Laurie) Wegner of Austin, Texas; daughter, Elizabeth Anne Wegner (Ronald) Murry of Madrid, Iowa; three grandchildren, Stacia Inez, Paul John Wegner III, and Benjamin Joshua Murry. Fredrick was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Franklyn and sons, Franklyn, Francis and Paul John II.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday at Westover Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Elevator Fund at 3700 Cottage Grove, Des Moines, Iowa 50311.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, October 8, 2006
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Grace United Methodist Church
3700 Cottage Grove
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Monday, October 9, 2006
10:30 AM
Masonic Cemetery
1550 48th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Monday, October 9, 2006