Charles Alfred Wegener, 89, passed away on Friday (Jan. 19, 2007) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
He was born on Oct. 15, 1917, in Estavan, Canada to Anton C. and Clara Amanda (Lippman) Wegener. At an early age he moved to North Dakota with his family where he received his early education. He graduated from Granville High School in Granville, ND., in the class of 1936. He then attended Minot State Teachers College for one year.
He entered the U.S. Army on Nov. 20, 1937, in Lincoln, ND., and separated on May 18, 1939. During his military service, he married Bertha Mary Teppo on March 3, 1939, in Bismarck, ND.
During his career, he had worked in the Petroleum Industry, being Product Superintendent for the British-American Oil Company. He had also been employed as Chief and Field Inspector for the Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission for 19 years prior to retiring in 1980. During that time they lived in McCook.
Following retirement he and his family moved to Bigfork, Mont., were he was a member of the Bigfork Methodist Church and enjoyed his retirement. He had lived in McCook for the past 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Bertha in 1990 and one son, Wayne.
He is survived by a daughter: Karen Miller and husband, Ray of McCook; son, Ronald Wegener and wife, Sherry of Klamath Falls, Ore.; son, James Wegener and wife, Patty of Kalispell, Mont., and his adopted grandchildren, Donald Wegener, Tina Wegener, and Rhonda Blackstone and husband, Jamie. He is also survived by nine other grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren along with numerous other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Charles will be Thursday at 1 p.m., in the Lonepine Cemetery in Bigfork, Mont.
Memorials may be given in his name and left at the funeral home in McCook.
Friends may leave condolences on-line at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Johnson Mortuary and Crematory of Kalispell, Mont is caring for Charles family.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of the local arrangements.