WIGGERT, Paul (1910-1956)
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Date: 3/24/2021 at 11:44:12
(December 12, 1910 – October 29, 1956)
Ida County Pioneer Record, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., Nov 8, 1956, p.16
Obituary – Wilbur Paul Wiggert
Wilbur Paul Wiggert, son of the late Paul William and Josephine Wiggert, was born in Ida Grove December 12, 1910. He died at the home of his sister in DeKalb, Ill., Monday, October 29, 1956. He spent his boyhood and youth in Ida Grove, attended the public schools and was graduated from Ida Grove High School. His education was continued at Simpson College in Indianola and later at Drake University at Des Moines, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. At Simpson he was a member of a social fraternity and also a music fraternity. In Ida Grove he participated in the musical activities of the church, the school and other organizations. At Simpson College he was a student director of the college band during summer vacations. [He also] conducted a series of concerts by the Ida Grove High School Band. Wilbur’s principal and most serious interest was the study of science which he selected for his life’s work. His intense interest and industry in this field earned for him the opportunity to enter graduate school at Iowa State College in Ames as a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical bacteriology. This course of study was nearly completed when he became the victim of multiple sclerosis and he was forced to discontinue his studies in 1938. He made his home with his sister, Elsie Wiggert, in DeKalb, Ill., from that time until the time of his death October 29. Wilbur was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove. He is survived by his sister, Elsie, of DeKalb, Ill., and his brother, Dohren, of Daytona Beach, Florida. Funeral services were held at Moore Christensen Funeral Home Friday, November 2, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Carl Sinning officiating. Mrs. Roy Noll sang “Softly and Tenderly” and “Abide with Me,” accompanied by Mrs. Ronald Courtright. Burial was in the Ida Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Donald Cameron, George Miller, John T. Sherk, Bruce Piper, Harold Kallin and John Rathjen.
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