Donald L. Wegener, 77, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, January 27th, 2012, at the Lexington Regional Health Center.
He was born March 21st, 1934, at Cornlea, Nebraska, to Henry and Cecelia (Fraundorfer) Wegener.
Don was a graduate of Platte Center High School. He proudly served his country in The United States Army from August 30th, 1956, until his honorable discharge on August 29th, 1962. He then returned home and married Rita Harris on August 13th, 1960, at Platte Center, Nebraska. Four children were blessed to the marriage: Debra, Michael, Randall and Christopher.
Don's early working years were spent on the family farm in Platte Center. The family left Platte Center and moved to Lexington, where Don would work for the Harris Lab in Cozad, Nebraska and then went on to Simplot soil Builders in Lexington. Following his time at Simplot, Don found his calling and would spend the next twenty seven years painting, doing as much as he could up to the time of his death. He also mowed lawns with his children helping in the summer time.
Don enjoyed life, he enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, landscaping and he also did some woodworking. He loved to tinker around the house and was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker and Notre Dame football fan. Don had a collection of hats and Die-Cast Antique Cars. Family gatherings were very important to Don as well as family vacations every year. They always found time for family games as well, and maybe a good prank now and then, after which he would clap his hands and giggle.
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington as well as the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Wegener of Lexington; one daughter, Debra and husband Scott Macaluso of Fremont, Nebraska; three sons, Michael Wegener of Lexington, Randall and wife Catherine Wegener of Rainbow, California, Christopher and wife Erin Wegener of Fremont, Nebraska; two sisters, Marcella Greisen of Columbus, Nebraska, Thelma and husband Matthew Schumacher of Platte Center; six grandchildren, Trevor, Connor and Cole Macaluso; Natalia, Jade and Cooper Wegener, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Phillip Greisen and Joe Harris and two nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington with the Rev. Paul Colling, officiating.
Visitation was held Monday, January 30th, 2012, at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington with Wake Service following at the funeral home.
Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be directed to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.