Eugene (Gene) W. Wigdahl

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Funeral services for Eugene (Gene) W. Wigdahl, 80, will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at Bethany Lutheran Church of Emmetsburg.

Visitation will be held at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home of Emmetsburg from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008.

Gene passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at the Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Fla., while visiting family during the Christmas season.

Eugene (Gene) W. Wigdahl, son of Selmer (Sam) and Louise (Hofstad) Wigdahl, was born Feb. 6, 1927, in Ruthven. He graduated from Ruthven High School in 1944 and later from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Gene owned and operated Wigdahl Hardware in Emmetsburg for over 30 years. He served on the Emmetsburg Airport Board, Bethany Lutheran Church Board, and was awarded the Emmetsburg Rotary Business and Industry Award of Merit in 2000 and the Charles Hughes Citizen of the Year Award in 2006. Gene was also a long-time member of the Iowa Retail Hardware Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marvin Wigdahl; and nephew David Wigdahl.

Eugene is survived by his sister-in-law, Evelyn Wigdahl; his nieces and nephews; eleven great nieces and nephews; six great, great nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.