February 3, 1925 - July 28, 2015

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Church of the Holy Spirit in St. Cloud for Dr. Harry M. Wenner, age 90, of St. Cloud who passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Entombment will take place at Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum with full military honors.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday and after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday all at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Parish prayers will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Harry Merton Wenner was born on February 3, 1925 in Roseau, Minnesota to Louise (Mork) and Algot Lindberg. Harry was the second of seven brothers, graduated Salutatorian of Roseau High School the class 1943.

Harry then enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 and served as a Radio Technician aboard the USS Estes, a Navy Command Ship during WWII. He took part in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and was discharged in 1946.

Harry and Lois Pfeninger were married August 18, 1953 in Villard, and had three sons, Mark, Scott and Jay. Harry obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Gustavus Adolphus and taught at St. Charles, and was Principal in Villard, Floodwood, and Grand Rapids before moving to St Cloud in 1962. As Assistant Superintendent for District 742 schools, he earned a Master’s degree and Ed.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. After 35 years in education Harry was an agent for Atkins Insurance and was a carpenter at heart.

Harry was president of Sertoma, member of Toast Masters, St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622, the VFW Post #428, and American Legion Post #76, and past Commander of the American Legion Post #175 in Villard. He was an active member of the Church of Holy Spirit, usher, and on the parish council. Harry had a passion for golf and stayed active swimming and walking.

He is survived by his wife, Lois of St. Cloud, sons Mark (Lyndie) of Franklin, TN, Scott of St. Cloud, and Jay (Julie Joy) of St. Paul; grandson, Dauz Wenner; granddaughters, Sarah and Rachel Nichols; great grandchildren, Olivia, Aaron, and Kaili; brothers, Dr. Lambert (Inge) Wenner, Dr. Adrian (Hilda) Wenner, Ward (Phyllis) Wenner, Myron (Lorraine) Wenner, and Alan (Glenda) Wenner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Lambert Wenner; and brother, Winton Wenner.

Harry’s motto was, “To teach is to touch one’s life forever.”

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.