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Dorian Widhelm

Dorian Widhelm

NORFOLK — Services for Dorian D. “Woody” Widhelm, 88, Norfolk, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk. Military rites will be conducted by the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard, American Legion Post 16 and VFW Post 1644.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Home for Funerals on Norfolk Avenue.

He died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Norfolk Veterans Home.


Dorian was born March 21, 1931, to Edward and Adeline (Bruckner) Widhalm at Humphrey. He grew up on the family farm near Humphrey.

On Sept. 19, 1950, Dorian joined the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds received in Korea. He received his honorable discharge on Sept. 18, 1953.

Dorian married Barbara Durham on Sept. 21, 1953, in Martinsville, Ind. They made their home on the family farm near Pierce. Dorian farmed and was a mechanic for Dinkel Implement for many years. In 1979, he retired from farming, and they moved to Norfolk. Dorian retired from Dinkel’s in 1985 due to a disability.

He loved to fish and travel.

Dorian is survived by his children, Duane (Debra) Widhelm of Puyallup, Wash., Paul (Julie) Widhalm of Norfolk, Ramona (Ray) Haffner of Indiana, Lola (Todd) Skovly of Scottland, S.D., and Pamela (Keith) Polenske of Randolph; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Don and Doris Widhalm of Florida; his sisters, Corrine Buhman of Norfolk, Shelia and Jay McKenna of California and Caroline and Floyd Connot of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his spouse on Nov. 18, 2018.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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HARTINGTON — Services for Joan Burney, 90, Hartington, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington.

HARTINGTON — Services for Loraine Feilmeier, 88, Hartington, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington. The Rev. Owen Korte will officiate. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Hartington.

WISNER — Services for MaryAnn Jindra, 79, Pilger, are pending at Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Services for Lynn A. Choat, 80, St. Edward, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.

NORFOLK — A celebration of life for August G. Volk, 76, Plainview, will be 5-9 p.m., Saturday, July 20, at Kelly’s Country Club west of Norfolk.

BLOOMFIELD — Memorial services for Norma Koertje, 88, Bloomfield, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. The Rev. Terry Krueger will officiate.

MADISON — Services for Irene C. Reigle, 93, Madison, are pending with Resseguie Funeral Home in Madison. She died Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Countryside Home in Madison.

CROFTON — Services for Virginia F. “Virgie” Lange, 91, Crofton, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton. The Rev. Andy Phan will officiate with burial in the parish cemetery.

HARTINGTON — Services for Loraine Feilmeier, 88, Hartington, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. She died Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Avera Sr. James Care Center in Yankton.

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