Viestenz, Wallace E.


Wallace E. Viestenz, 83, of Winona, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020, at Sauer Health Care, Winona, Minn.

Wallace Elmer was born on September 6, 1936, in Hart Township, Winona County, Minn., to Elmer and Edna (Eggert) Viestenz. He graduated from Winona Senior High School and honorably served in the U.S. Navy. On April 9, 1960, he married Marlene L. Thicke and together they raised their three sons.

Wally worked for 36 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Lock & Dam 5A, and retired from 7 as a lockman. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winona. He was a long-time member of the American Legion Post 9 and the Honor Guard Burial Detail. In 1989, he was Winona Legionnaire of the Year. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and trips up north to the cabin. He took great pride in caring for his trucks over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene; three sons, Robby, Jeff (Heidi), and Brad; five grandchildren, Tiffani, Lexie, Treven, Emery, and Summit; two great grandsons, Dominic and Demetri; sisters, Beverly Potter, LaVerl Olmstead, and Helen (Larry) Triplett; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Arlene Brandt; a nephew, Roger Potter; and brothers-in-law, Donald Brandt, Daryl Potter, and Richard Olmstead.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 766 Wabasha Street, West, Winona, with Reverend Matthew Schoell officiating. Military Honors will be provided at the church by the American Legion Leon J Wetzel Post 9. Interment will be at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Wilson.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at church.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis. Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at


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