Franklin “Fritz” D. Wigand, age 69, of Correctionville, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at his home of Correctionville.
A funeral service was held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Grace United Methodist Church of Correctionville with Pastor Kim Crummer officiating. Burial was at the Correctionville Cemetery of Correctionville with military rites conducted by the VFW Sioux Valley Post #1750 and the American Legion Mumford-Moon Post #79 of Correctionville.
The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Correctionville is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com
Franklin “Fritz” D. Wigand was born May 19, 1949 to Frank and Betty (Livermore) Wigand in Anthon, Iowa. He graduated from Anthon-Oto High School then earned his AA at Sioux Empire College in Hawarden.
Fritz joined the Army National Guard #133 and was activated at the beginning of 1969. He served in the Vietnam War and returned home in November of 1969.
Fritz was united in marriage to Linda King on September 15, 1972 at Grace United Methodist Church of Correctionville. To this union three children were born. Together they raised their family in the Correctionville area.
Fritz started working in 1976 as a heavy equipment operator for Woodbury County on secondary roads and did this until his retirement in 2014. His true passion though was farming. He enjoyed having pigs, sheep, cows, chickens and riding horses.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative board, was a trustee, and sang in the choir.
A proud veteran, Fritz was a member of the VFW Sioux Valley Post # 1750 and the American Legion Mumford-Moon Post #79 of Correctionville.
He was also a member of the JC’s. He enjoyed participating in tractor pulls and drag racing.
Fritz also liked to play cards, especially cribbage and euchre. He was talented musically, and once played the guitar in a band. Fritz knew no strangers; everyone he encountered was a friend.
Fritz is survived by his wife, Linda Wigand of Correctionville, IA; daughter Dawn and husband Travis Cavenee and their children Austin and Audric; daughter Denice and husband Joe Redenius and their daughter, Alicia (Taylor) Luvaas, Tige, Tayden and Adlyr; son Derek and wife Kayla Wigand and their son, Mason; and great-grandchildren Colt, Cash and Caelor Luvaas.
He is also survived by sisters, Roni (Marvin) Mitchell of Oto, IA and Diana Myers of Portland, Oregon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lynn “Bim” (Marie) King of Correctionville, Lori King of Correctionville, Lynette (Bryan) Shever of Cushing, Lisa (Mike) Sorensen of Battle Creek, and Lorna (Tom) Brockmann of Hoskins, Nebraska.; and numerous other relatives and friends.