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Omer Gilmore Wigern
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  • Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery
    Kiester, MN 56051

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“Laurie and Dan, sorry to hear of his passing, last time I saw him was here at the hospital when I stopped in and talked to him and Laurie. Have to...Read More »
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“My dad worked with Omer for years they were good friends. I worked with him at the elevator and he was always easy to talk with......RIP Omer ”
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Omer Gilmore Wigern, age 90, of Kiester, MN died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Oak Park Place in Albert Lea, MN. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 1:00 PM at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Kiester, MN, with Pr. Katie Pals officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be at Our Savior's Cemetery in Kiester. Military honors will be accorded by Kiester American Legion Post #454. Memorials are preferred to Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in Kiester.

Omer was born May 13, 1926 in McIntosh, MN, the son of Anton and Palma (Johnson) Wigern. Omer was baptized June 13, 1926 at Bethel Lutheran in Polk Co, and confirmed November 10, 1940 at Immanuel Lutheran in Kiester, MN. Omer honorably served in the United States Army during World War II, stationed in Japan. He was united in marriage to Marie L. Mischke on March 19, 1950, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evergreen and to this union three daughters were born: Linda, Elaine and Laurie. Omer worked at the Kiester Grain Elevator and the meat packing plant in Albert Lea. Omer was the caretaker for 7 cemeteries in the area and for 23 yards in Kiester. He was a John Deere man to the end. Omer possessed a strong work ethic which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was an avid gardener, and he was famous for his Lefse. He enjoyed fishing and watching sports on TV. His pride and joy were his grandchildren: Tony, Rachel, Abby and Morgan; and 2 great-grandchildren: Tyler and Briannah. Omer was a grateful man and he maintained his gratitude even in the midst of his illness and struggle. He was very generous to his family and would give to others in need before himself.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda Wigern (1967); wife, Marie (2001); siblings: Albe Wigern, Esther (William) Rasmussen, Elvira (Hilbert) Lahs; sisters-in-law: Laura (Hugo) Illg, Lydia (Wilbert) Sperling, Louise (Pete) Galkin; brother-in-law, Leonard (Valerie) Mischke.

Omer is survived by his daughters: Elaine Perleberg of Kiester, MN, and Laurie (Daniel) Meyer of Apple Valley, MN; special friend Ardel Dahling of Albert Lea, who faithfully cared for Omer in his last years of life; 4 grandchildren: Tony (Michelle) Stangeland of Albert Lea, MN, Rachel Meyer (fiancé Ian Behlke) of Minneapolis, MN, Abby Meyer (fiancé Jake McDade) of Maplewood, MN, Morgan Meyer of Apple Valley, MN; great-grandchildren: Tyler and Briannah Stangeland; siblings: Garnet (Kenneth) Rajewsky of Bowman, ND, Lee Ann (James) Kronlokken of Eden Prairie, MN, sister-in-law: Martha (Ken) Gausman of Cokato, MN; and many nieces and nephews and their families.