Denis Craig Wemark, 1963

Spring 2019 (May 16, 2019)

Denis Craig Wemark, 1963

Denis Craig Wemark, age 78, of Ridgeway, Iowa, passed away on March 18, 2019, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. 

Denis was born on June 7, 1940, to Maurice Wemark ‘33 and Stella Margaret (Magnus) Wemark. He grew up in Ridgeway on the family farm. Graduated from Ridgeway High School, went on to Luther College and graduated in 1963. Married Dianne Qvern on July 7 for 51 years. To this union five children were born, Julie, Amy, Jeffrey, Anne and Sara.

Denis spent most his life farming and milking cows. Whether watching sports, music programs or just spending time at the farm he cherished the time with his kids and grandkids. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever he could get away. He was a member of the Howard-Winneshiek School Board, was an active member of the Cresco Wildlife Club and very involved with the church. He enjoyed ushering and reading the lessons whenever called upon. Later in life he never missed his afternoon card game and a Diet Pepsi.

Denis is survived by wife, Dianne. Children, Julie (Todd McDonald) Wemark, Jackson, Neb., Amy Wemark, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Jeffrey (Belva) Wemark, Ridgeway, Iowa, Anne (Wayne Smith) Wemark, Cresco, Iowa, and Sara (Mike) Fee, Sioux Falls, S.D.  Grandchildren, Daesha, McKenzie, RikkiLee, Liam, Oliver, Kaleb, Zach, Makayla, Brayden, Paige, Wesly, Logan, Matthew, Kendra and Dylan. Brother, Lynn (Marlene) Wemark and Aunt Patty (Wayne) Hovden. In-laws, Bob (Dianne) Qvern, Kris (Roger) Richardson, Marti (Dennis) Chvatal and many nieces and nephews.

Denis was preceded in death by parents, Maurice Wemark ‘33 and Stella Margaret (Magnus) Wemark and brother Wayne Wemark ‘61. In-laws, Bob (Marge) Qvern and sister-in-law, Danelle Koster along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.