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Rev. Eugene Wekander, 93

Rev. Eugene Gerald Wekander, 93, passed away on Sept. 26, at Amelia House Assisted Living Facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

He previously lived in Osceola, Wis. He was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Froid, Mont., at the home of his parents Walfred and Inga Wekander. He met Joan Voigt at Dana College in Blair, Neb., and they were married June 17, 1949, at Flaxton, N.D. In his 60 years of ministry, Pastor Wekander served churches in Dannebrog, Neb.; St. Paul, Neb.; Elk Horn, Iowa, and New Richmond, Wis.; along with serving several churches after his retirement as an Interim Pastor.

Pastor Wekander was a truly faithful man. He lived his life in service to God. He was a man of integrity, honesty, compassion, love, and service to all. These traits carried through in his personal life being a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alice Anderson and sister, Irene Maistrovich.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan Wekander; son, Mark Wekander, Puerto Rico; daughters, Linda (Rich) Sorenson, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Faith (Mike) Patterson, Wilmington, Del., Kristie (Steve) Swanson, St. Croix Falls, Wis., Barbara (Roger) Wistrcill, Cumberland, Wis., and Pamela (Dave) Rahn, Boulder, Colo. He also leaves behind 15 adoring grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond, Wis. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond and also from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Interment will be at West Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Osceola, WI. Memorials will be directed by the family.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

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