Daniel L. Wiebelhaus, age 86 of Fordyce, Nebraska, died on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Fordyce with military honors provided by the Wynot American Legion Post 31 and the Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 4:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.
Pallbearers will be his 6 sons, Daniel Wiebelhaus Jr., Rodney Wiebelhaus, Alan Wiebelhaus, Robert Wiebelhaus, Michael Wiebelhaus and John Wiebelhaus.
Daniel Ludwig Wiebelhaus was born on February 5, 1928 in Bow Valley, Nebraska to Fred and Teresa (Uhing) Wiebelhaus. He grew up in the St. James and Wynot area near Homewood Park. He served in the U.S. Army from April 24, 1946 to September 5, 1946. He returned home to farm with his dad and then worked at Cudahy's Packing Plant in Sioux City, Iowa. He married Mary R. Alvarez on June 24, 1952 at Wynot. They lived in Portland, OR for a year where Dan worked at the Oregon Steel Mill. They moved to Wynot where he worked as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic. In 1963 they moved to a farm northwest of Fordyce and then moved into Fordyce in 1968. Dan worked for the Burbach Elevator in Crofton, drove a milk truck for Neu Cheese in Hartington and then worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads. His passion was building terraces and dams with heavy equipment and his favorite saying was, "Go to work clean and come home dirty."
Dan was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce and the Wynot American Legion Post 31. He was a former member of the Cedar Catholic School Board. Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing, tending to his garden, hunting mushrooms and making wine.
Dan is survived by his wife, Mary of Fordyce, 11 children and spouses, Daniel Jr and Carla Wiebelhaus of Fredonia, WI; Rodney and Cindy Wiebelhaus of Fordyce; Angie Schmidt of Dakota Dunes, SD; Alan and Barbara Wiebelhaus of Manhattan, KS; Therese Wiebelhaus of Jordan, MN; Francine and Tom Wolff of Norfolk, NE; Laurie and Allen Leise of Hartington; Robert and JoAnn Wiebelhaus of Fordyce; Michael and Julie Wiebelhaus of Norfolk, NE; John and Sarah Wiebelhaus of Victoria, TX; Bridget and Don Whitmire of Gilbert, AZ; 42 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and a sister, Rita Holcomb of Sioux City, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Jessica Wiebelhaus, 3 brothers, Herman, Frederick and an infant, John Wiebelhaus, 7 sisters, Julia Ketter, Olivia Schieffer, Florentine Reifenrath, Edna Cook, Elsie Waddell, Agatha Kleinschmit and Dolores (Kopal) Hildahl.
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I would like to express my sincere condolences to Dan's family in this time of their lost. Dan was always the friendliness neighbor and he took us on fishing trips and hunting excursions His family learned his lessons about companionship, the importance of family, and his loving nature. Even when I had moved away for college and work, their home was always open for a visit and friendly greeting. I know that his savior has reserved a good place for him. My prayers and those of my family are with your family at this time of sorrow.
My thoughts and prayers to Dans family. It was a wonderful blessing have known him. He had a wonderful attitude no matter the situation. I will remember him and his bright smile. Rest in peace and may god continue to bless you.
Christine & Jason Krumback
Please pass my condolences on to the entire family. I met Dan in Dialysis over 5 years ago. I was proud to call Dan a friend. We were part of a family unit that Dialysis pulled together. We would visit early mornings every Tues, Thurs and Sat. I stopped and visited the unit 3 to 4 weeks ago and got to see Dan for half an hour or more. I brought him some smoked salmon from a earlier fishing trip. He looked as good as I've seen him for a long time. I think Dan learned early in life that "The Journeys the Reward". I just wanted you to know that I too will miss Dan.
Our sorrow and sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jeff and Jane Bochman
Mary & family so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kalah (Dixon) Tooley
Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this time. May the memories that you have give you comfort and peace! I think back to summer days that I stayed in Crofton with Marianne and went up to the bowling alley - this farm kid truly thought it was the Best! Remember Uncle Walt standing at the end of the bar with a towel over his shoulder - shooting the breeze with whomever was there at the time. Uncle Walt and Aunt Eva, gone but never forgotten!
We are so very sorry for your loss. Walt was a nice man, he will be missed!!!
Rod and Jana McCloud
Sorry for your loss. His memory will stay with many.
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and brother. May God bless you with the strength to deal with the grief. He will be missed .Hang on to the good memories.
Cyril and Laverta Mauch
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