Edward Leo Wollner, son of John and Della (Deneen) Wollner, was born December 30, 1919, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He grew up in Emmetsburg attending St. Mary’s Catholic School where he graduated in 1937. Following high school, he began a lifelong career of farming. It was interrupted by WWII where he served in the European theatre as part of the John Deere battalion. He retired from farming in 1995.
On January 17, 1950, Edward was united in marriage to Marjorie Mehan at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. To this union two children were born.
Ed’s faith was central to him throughout his entire life. He was active in his church community and served on the church board. He also served on the Dickinson County Conservation Board for twenty three years, and the Terril Coop Board. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion in Terril where he served as Commander, and also a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #2295 in Emmetsburg.
During the football season, Ed supported the “Fighting Irish” by being an avid Notre Dame fan.
Ed died Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Accura Healthcare of Milford at the age of 100. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Ginger Wollner; siblings, Mike Wollner, Joe Wollner, Margaret Wollner, and Josephine Elbert; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dick and Marilyn Carpenter, Bill Mehan, Lois Wollner, Kenny Kenyon, and Norv Elbert.
He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Marjorie, of Milford, Iowa; his children, Dr. John Wollner of Cedar Rapids and Joan (Jeff) Williams of West Des Moines, Iowa; four grandchildren, Ed Wollner, Derek Wollner, Nick (Aly) Williams, and Natalie (Steve) Kakaty; four great-grandchildren, Beau Williams, Nolan Williams, Conley Williams and Olivia Kakaty; sisters-in-law, Julie Wollner and Tootie Mehan; nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.
The family requests that memorials be given to Terril American Legion. Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home. martinmatticefuneralhome.com