Edward C. Wegner, 90, of Plymouth, WI, passed away early Monday evening May 16, 2016 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, surrounded by his family, holding his hand.

Ed was born on November 27, 1925 in Sheboygan, WI, a son of the late Walter and Viola (Brass) Wegner.

He graduated from Kiel High School in 1944. Ed served in the United States Army Air Force from 1944-1946. He was proud to be a WW II Veteran, a pilot that the Air Force tried to weed out because he was a Wisconsin farm boy that couldn’t possibly be a good enough pilot but had learned to fly from a neighbor who had an airplane. Ed flew solo by the time he was 16! He was a bit of a rebel, owning a motorcycle his father didn’t know about, hated cleaning the chicken coop, and bought an Auto Body Shop in Plymouth which became Wegner’s Auto Body which he ran with his son, Randy, and his wife, Isabel, who served as his secretary until his retirement.

On July 19, 1947 he married Isabel Carolan in Sheboygan, WI. The couple lived in Sheboygan Falls and moved to Plymouth in 1953. They enjoyed 66 wonderful years of marriage. His wife preceded him in death on December 17, 2013.

He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth and served in the Men’s Club in the church and was a lifetime member of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Antique Aircraft Association (AAA) and also belonged to the Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post # 243 in Plymouth.

He was a multiple Grand Champion at the EAA and ran stock cars for the Milwaukee Stock Car Association in Plymouth where he captured several championships.

Ed was inducted into the EAA Hall of Fame in 1999 and flew his airplane just this last year, at 90 years old.

He loved taking the family on summer trips all over the United States. If he wasn’t working in his woodshop, he was taking walks and talking to everyone. He achieved so much in his life and was an inspiration to many.

Survivors include his son: Randy of Plymouth; two grandchildren: Lyndsey Wegner of Los Angeles, CA, and Robert Wegner of Madison; two sisters-in-law: Dottie Carolan of Sun Prairie and Jackie Wegner of Kiel; one brother-in-law: Lyle Fries of Cedarburg and is also survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one daughter: Nadene Wegner; daughterin law: Barbara Wegner; one brother: Frederick “Fritz” Wegner; one brotherin law: Andrew Carolan; and one sisterin law: Mary Lou Fries.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday evening June 8, 2016 at 6:30 P.M. at Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth. Rev. James Hoppert, pastor of the church will officiate.

Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Ed’s name.

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post # 243 in Plymouth will conduct military rites at the church following the services.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

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