He was born, in Jackson Township, the New Year's Baby, Jan. 1, 1933, the son of Paul E and Ruby (Baughman) Wegner.
Don graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1951, and attended an AG short course at Purdue University in 1958. Don joined the United States Navy in 1953, and was honorably discharged in 1957. He married Marlene Cagle Dec. 30, 1953. Upon returning from the military, he went into partnership with his father in the Wegnerland Dairy Farm from 1957, retiring in 1985. Don had also worked as a Rural Mail Carrier from 1988-1997.
Don was a longtime member of Union United Methodist Church. He had held various offices in the church and was a Sunday School teacher. Don was also a member of the Farm Bureau and had been the president of the Jackson Township Farm Bureau. He also served as Clay County Extension Council President, Clay County Co-Op Board and the A.S.C.S Committee member. In 1966, he was presented with the Kiwanis Club Young Farmer of the Year Award and had served as the Precinct Committeeman for Jackson Township.
After retirement, Don enjoyed gardening, sharing vegetables and visiting with friends and family. He will be remembered as a loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Walter Wegner and Rex Wegner, sister Phyllis Monk and great-granddaughter Shyan McRoberts.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Marlene, children: Donna Peffley (Dallas), Covington, Ind., Greg Wegner (Sue), Brazil, Diana Reberger (David), Attica, Ind., Deb McRoberts, Brazil, Arvana Edwards (Joe), Clay City, and Noel Monk (Lori), Pershing, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, sister Eloise Saxman, Indianapolis, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Union United Methodist Church, 780 E. CR 600 N., Brazil, Monday, March 21, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Andrew Charnstrom officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Visitation will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel Sunday, from 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union United Methodist Church 5941 N. CR 75 East Brazil, Ind., 47834, or the American Cancer Society 705 Putnam St., Terre Haute, Ind., 47802.
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