1918 – 2009
Funeral services for Henry Wiehn, 90, will be held Wednesday (today). A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 1565 18th Avenue, in Columbus, NE.
Interment will be at St. Bonaventure Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Hartman Post #84 Honor Guard.
Henry died Saturday, April 4, at Meridian Gardens in Columbus.
Henry R. Wiehn was born October 25, 1918, in Elgin, Nebraska, to Dan and Jennie (Lampman) Wiehn. He attended St. Boniface School in Elgin. He served in the United States Army during WWII from August 20, 1941, until October 20, 1945, in the 107th Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron in Germany and France. Henry received three battle stars for campaigns in the Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He also received the Good Conduct Medal and the American Defense Service Ribbon.
On January 30, 1951, he was united in marriage to Gertrude Zach at St. Francis Church in Humphrey. They farmed in the Elgin area until 1970 and then moved to Columbus in the same year. Henry worked for the Columbus Public School as a custodian at Emerson School for 12 years until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus #938, Fourth Degree Member of John F. Kennedy Assembly No. 605, Catholic Order of Foresters, American Legion Post #229 and V.F.W. Post 586 in Elgin, Life Member of Disabled American Veterans Pawnee Chapter #20-Columbus.
In 1998, he moved to Prairie Village Retirement Center in Columbus. In September 2008, Henry moved to Meridian Gardens.
Henry is survived by son Larry (Diane) Wiehn Lincoln, NE, daughter Linda Wiehn Norfolk, NE, son Jim (Jane) Wiehn Humphrey, NE, son Kevin (Cathy) Wiehn Columbus, NE, son Remi (Bette) Wiehn York, NE, son Brian (Cheryl) Wiehn Columbus, NE, sister Laurine Miller Norfolk, NE, brother Daniel (Delores) Wiehn Carroll, IA; 13 grandchildren, two great grandsons, one great granddaughter, two step-grandsons, two step-great grandsons.
He was preceded in death by wife Gertrude Wiehn, son John Wiehn, father Dan Wiehn, mother Jennie Wiehn, brothers Lawrence, Leonard Wiehn and John Wiehn.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Bonaventure Church or donors choice.