Wallace (Wally) Edward Wigen 85, passed away at Meeker Manor in Litchfield, MN on December 7, 2020 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Burial will be in the Northfield Cemetery on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
He was born the second of seven sons to Belford and Mary Ellen (Uriell) Wigen in Lakota, ND on February 12, 1935. He was baptized on June 6,1935, at the Michigan Lutheran Parsonage in Michigan, ND. His family moved to Svea, MN when Wallace was a young boy where his family farmed. He was confirmed at Svea Lutheran Church and attended public schools in the Svea area. He served in the National Guards out of Willmar from the 1950's to the early 1960's. He was united in marriage to Pamela Myllenbeck on August7,1957.
This union was blessed with 4 children. They ended their marriage in1984. On January 7,1990, he married Barbara (Johnson)Schonning. He drove truck most of his life, working many years for Anderson Chemical in Litchfield, Mn. He retired in 2001. He loved family get-to-gathers, country music, western shirts, traveling in an RV, going to casinos, playing whist and rooting for the Twins and Vikings. He took pride in his carpentry and yard work. He couldn't leave home without wearing his favorite cap. Two of his favorite sayings were "One day at a time" and "Just like uptown". He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Eagles Club 3424 in Litchfield, MN. He entered Meeker Manor in June of 2019 because of Alzheimer's.
Wallace is survived by his wife Barbara, sons Dean (Mary) of Nisswa, MN, Dale (Marcella) of Tucson ,AZ, Bryan (Cindy) of Litchfield, MN and daughter Kristi Sloane of Tucson, AZ. Stepchildren Koren Schonning of Chaska, MN, Kenneth (Noreen) Schonning of Farmington, MN, Gwen (Rick) Hanzlik of Montgomery, MN. and Lisa (Kirk) Bollin of Litchfield, MN. He had 17 grandchildren and 27
great grandchildren in all. Brothers Marvin, Bob (Lois), Julian (Lois), Roger (Charlotte) and step sister Eleanor Sather. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers Philip and Michael, sister-inlaw Carol Wigen and brother-in-law Glenn Sather.