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Donald LeRoy Wermedal, age 89, of Wells, died Monday, June 7, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM on Monday, June 14, 2021 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN, with Pastor Don Rose officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN. Military Honors will be accorded by the Wells Color Guard. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Wells, MN. The family requests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.brussheitner.com
Don was born on August 28, 1931 to Hilmer M. and Annette “Nettie” (Brudvig) Wermedal on their family farm near Scarville, Iowa. After graduating from Kiester High School in 1949, he helped run his father’s dairy farm prior to being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He served two years at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in the 100th Army Airborne Division, advancing to the rank of corporal prior to an honorable discharge in 1955.
Shortly after leaving the Army, Don was united in marriage to Lorna M. Culbertson on September 9, 1955. The couple made a career of dairy farming. Don was employed at Spiering Tile and Drainage Company, later he was also employed at the Wilson Foods/Farmstead Foods plant in Albert Lea.
Don was serious about his faith and was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was also a member of Crossroads Church in the later years.
Don’s favorite way to spend time was with his grand-kids (12) and great-grand kids (5). Grandpa was the preferred playmate into the family’s second and third generations, everyone wanted to sit next to Grandpa at the table, or take Grandpa for a walk, his characteristic gentleness and patience made him popular with the kids.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and mother-in-law Lester and Gladys Culbertson; sister Phyllis (Roy) Carlson; brother-in-law Dwaine Abbe; sister-in-law Dororthy Scrabeck; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roger and Geraldine Culbertson.
Donald is survived by his wife Lorna (Culbertson), his children, Brad (Karen) Wermedal of Wells, MN, Daryl (Maureen) Wermedal of West Salem, WI, Doug (Donna) Wermedal of Volga, SD, and Donette (Carl) Lair of Motley, MN; and his sisters Mavis Abbe and Elaine (Bud) Kluender, and brother-in-law Paul Scrabeck. Donald is also survived by his grandchildren Amy (Justin) Legred of Mankato, MN, Travis Wermedal of Forest Lake, MN, Ashley (Christian) Engebretson of Mankato, MN, Eric Wermedal and David Wermedal both of Madison, WI, Annē Wermedal of Kansas City, MO, Danielle Wermedal and Drew Wermedal both of Volga, SD, Lindsay (Tim) Miyamoto of Hopkins, MN, Briana (Tyler) Wharton of Juneau, AK, Levi Lair of Dahlgren, VA, and Joshua Lair of Motley, MN. His great-grandchildren include Ethan, Brennan and Brinley Legred; and Wyatt and Mason Engebretson.
Don, Dad, Grandpa will be deeply missed by his family; warmed by the memory of being loved by him.