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Kermit Wiechman

Birth date: October 1, 1918
Death date: June 26, 2013

Kermit Wiechman, age 94, died on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah, IA.

Kermit was born on October 1, 1918 to Carl Wiechman and Hermine (Arnsmeier) Wiechman on the family farm near Hubbard, Iowa.

He received his primary education at Sunset Corners country school near their farm home. He continued his education at the Hubbard High School, graduating in 1936. While attending high school he and two class mates developed the first hybridized seed corn in Hardin County. This was a very innovative school project for the time and Kerm was proud of the accomplishment.

After Kerm graduated he began farming with his father on the family farm.

In 1939 he was married to Ernestine Broer and they began their life together. Two daughters, Karla and Carole were born to this union. Kerm was an involved loving father to the very end of his days.

Kermit was always very active in community activities. He was a life-long member of the United Church of Christ. He was instrumental in the building of the present church and parsonage and served on the church board several terms.

Kermit enjoyed playing cards and various sports throughout his life. Bridge, bowling, pool and golf were among his favorites. The Hubbard golf course brought great pleasure to him. He served two terms on the board and enjoyed stepping in and helping plan and run tournaments and league play. Ernestine died at the age of 50. Following that unhappy time, he was able to travel to Germany to visit family.

Later Kerm met Peg Klove and they were married in 1970. They continued their life together on the farm in Hubbard. The couple enjoyed traveling and playing many rounds of golf together.

In 1985 Kerm retired from farming. They soon began wintering in Tucson, Arizona and enjoyed many years of sunshine together, returning to the farm for the summer every year.

In 2002 he was awarded a Century Farm Certificate and plaque in Des Moines, Iowa. This brought great pride to him and his family.

Selling the home acreage was difficult but in 2007 they moved to Decorah, Iowa to be closer to family. Kerm and Peg continued to enjoy their life together and soon would have celebrated their 43rd anniversary. In 2011 they made Arlin Falck Assisted Living their permanent home. He loved playing cards with his buddies every day. Family stopping by and visiting with friends at the assisted living filled their days with joy.

Kermit was a kind honorable man and will be missed by Peg, his family and many, many friends.

Kermit Carl Wiechman, age 94, passed away on June 26, 2013 with his family at his side.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife Peg of Decorah, his two daughters: Karla (Stan) Collins, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and Carole (Mike) Daughton of Decorah, Iowa. A step daughter, Jeanne (Bob) Houle, Tucson, Arizona and step son, Don Klove, Mazatlan, Mexico. Grandchildren: Shawn Daughton, Chris (Sue) Collins, Nancy (Mike) Hovden, Steven (Jeannie) Daughton, Mary (Mike) Jorrison. Great-grandchildren: Leo Daughton-Johnson, Bayleigh and Brogan Collins, Elizabeth, Anna and Adam Hovden, Jessica Shimik, Jordan and Courtney Skillings, Jordan and Meg Smith, and Emma Jorisson.

Preceding him in death are his first wife, Ernestine Wiechman, parents Carl and Hermine Wiechman and many beloved relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Zion United Church of Christ, PO Box 248, Hubbard, IA 50122 or the Hubbard Library, PO Box 339, Hubbard, IA 50122.

Visitation will be held at Zion United Church of Christ in Hubbard, IA, on Sunday, June 30, from 2 to 4 pm.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, July 1, at 2 pm at Zion United Church of Christ in Hubbard, IA.

Kerm's cremated remains will be interred at Hubbard Cemetery.