BUFFALO CENTER, Iowa - George Wempen Sr., age 96, of Buffalo Center, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at the Hancock Co. Memorial Hospital in Britt, Iowa. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Buffalo Center, with Pastor Steve Ware, officiating.
Burial will be in Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Winter Funeral Home, Buffalo Center, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
George Albert Wempen was born Aug. 20, 1917, on a farm north of Buffalo Center, Iowa, the son of Diedrich (Dick) and Grace (Adams) Wempen. He attended and graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1937. On July 22, 1946, George was united in marriage to Irene Thompson in Blue Earth, Minn. They were blessed with six children:?Duane, Dale, Eugene, Rodney, Diane and George Jr. He loved his cows and milk check every two weeks. He not even loved farming with his orange machinery but enjoyed it very much. They moved to Buffalo Center in 1983 and he took up the hobby of woodworking. Family and friends were very important to him and he always had time for both whether it was visiting, basketball games, fishing, or going to church events. He received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at age 14 and then was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist Church. He attended the First Baptist Church in Buffalo Center his entire life.
George is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene; his children, Duane and his wife, Trish, of Stratford, Iowa, Dale and his wife, Janet, of Fairmont, Minn., Eugene and his wife, Diane, of Humboldt, Iowa, Rodney and his wife, LeAnn, of LuVerne, Iowa, Diane and her husband, Gary Boyken, of Titonka, Iowa, and George Jr. and his wife, Jennifer of Buffalo Center, Iowa; 16 grandchildren, Chad, Ned, Kevin, Laurelee, Dave, Jody, Chad, Derek, Bradley, Ryan, Stephanie, Ashley, Abbi, Diedrich, Coy; step-grandson, Nathan; 28 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, extended family members, and many friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Amos, William, Harry; sisters, Margaret Sonnenberg, Esther Grimes; granddaughter, Alicea Wempen.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be directed to KJLY Radio or Gideons International.
Online condolences can be left at www.winterfuneralhome.com