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Sherman Weigel

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Sherman Weigel

March 4, 1922-May 9, 2014

Sherman G. Weigel, 92, of Callaway, died Friday, May 9, 2014 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Funeral services for Sherman will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Callaway.

Visitation will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church from 5 to 7 with a 7 p.m. prayer service, continuing one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Sherman Gerald Weigel was born to Nathan (Pat) and Sadie (Steklenburg) Weigel on March 4, 1922 in South Sioux City, Neb. He graduated from high school in Salix, Iowa. He and his family moved to Denver, Colo., after graduation.

Sherman entered into the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. He became a radio operator, radar observer and aerial gunner on a B24 bomber. Sherman was a cadet in navigation training at the end of World War II.

In 1947 he moved to a farm just northwest of Callaway to farm with his dad, and attended agricultural school in Crookston. On Oct 31, 1949 he married Virginia L. Stach. He and his wife later moved to Shakopee, where he worked construction as a pile driver.

In 1960 he moved to his current residence near Callaway. He started working for the state highway department in Detroit Lakes, where he retired from in 1985 as a supervisor in the sign shop.

Sherman loved to travel, hunt, snowmobile, wood work, play board games, dice games and dance. Throughout the years, he and his wife traveled to many areas of the U.S., including Alaska. They also attended the Scandinavian Hostfest festival in Minot, N.D., for over 20 years.

They were members of the "Country Twirlers" square dancing club in Lake Park. If they weren't traveling or dancing you could find him in his workshop, crafting a variety of items from candy machines to furniture.

Sherman was a lifetime member of the American Legion club, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He took pride in his yard and gardens. His several-acre yard was always immaculately mowed as well as his adjoining road ditches. He loved to decorate his yard at Christmas with lots and lots of lights in the trees. He had flower gardens near the road that he took a lot of pride in making sure they were always colorful and impressive.

A devoted husband and father, Sherman was also a loving grandfather and great grandfather who adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sherman will be deeply missed by his eight children, Sherman D. (Deborah) of Nora Springs, Iowa, Terry (Kathleen) of Horace, N.D., Norman (Jill) of Bismarck, N.D., James (Cindy) of Mandan, N.D., Kathy LaPash, (fiance Glenn Kalsnes) of West Fargo, Mark (Colleen) of Centerville, Minn., Lee (Jamie)of Ogema and Debra (Jerry) Gunderson of Audubon. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, along with a brother, Virgil, of Elk Point, S.D.; and sisters Arlene Skogen, Scotland, S.D., and Julia Larson, Baudette, Minn.

Preceding Sherman in death were his wife of 63 years, Virginia (May 8, 2013); his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

David-Donehower Funeral Home (www.daviddonehower.com), Detroit Lakes, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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