Harry Wiechman was born July 2, 1933 in Adams County Section 16 of Lincoln Township and died peacefully November 2, 2015 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital at the age of 82 years and 4 months.
He was born to Carl F. and Emma P. (Harmson) Wiechman, following Dora, Charlie, Virginia, and Robert. He was raised in the family home there on the farm and attended grade school at Lincoln Center through the eighth grade. In the early 1950’s Harry got his friendly letter drafting him into the U.S. Army. Doing his Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and then Fort Belvoir . He served 18 months in Korea in 53, 54, and 55. He worked in the motor pool keeping pumps running that was pumping gasoline. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1955.
After his tour with Uncle Sam, he returned to the farm south of Cumberland. He farmed a couple of years, and all the while a sweet young lady in Corning had caught his eye and on May 13,1956 he was united in marriage with Shirley Lee Penn, at the Corning United Methodist Church. To the union was born, Debra Sue, James Carl, Jeffrey Lynn and Corrine ReNae. Then came 10 grandkids, 13 great grandchildren. Harry and Shirley made their home in Corning in 1958.
Harry worked at Johns Dairy and Omar Bakery in Corning from the time they got married until January 1961, when he went to work for Morgan Implement Co. He gained friendships and trust with the area farmers repairing there tractors, combines and trucks. Morgan Implement closed in the fall of 1974. In 1975 Harry and Shirley opened Wiechman Repair Service. In 1993 they moved the successful business to a new location. During the years his two sons Jim and Jeff got to work with their father daily. And after 41 years the business still goes with the legacy of Harry, a man who could and would figure out how to fix about anything and one thing he loved was a challenge, when someone said it can’t be fixed, Harry would find a way if at all possible. He had 2 mottos “Do it right the first time” and “ you have to know how it works in order fix the problem”.
Harry enjoyed his family and friends. He and Shirley bought their first camper in 1972 and join the Wandering Raiders Camping Club. They so enjoyed weekend getaways with family and friends.
He attended the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion for more then 40 years. They attended the Daytona 500 several times with friends the Carr’s, Jackson’s and Bun Joy. Then they made the pilgrimage to the Michigan Speedway for 10 years taking several grandkids with them during the trips. He enjoyed traveling with Shirley, family and friends to Las Vegas, Reno or any local casino.
Harry always had a love for motors and machines and motorsports. While working at Morgan’s in 1963 the guys there built their first racecar, Sam Richey, Larry Haggerty and Harry. Sam drove the car while Harry and Larry did the wrenching. They built a new car in 1964 which won a lot of races.
Harry spent 40 years working at the Adams Co. Speedway spending countless hours working on projects and working at the races. He did everything from plumbing, watering the track, flagging the south turn, to scoring races for more than 30 seasons. He served on the board of the Adams County Fair Racing Association, since 1970 and was an Honorary Lifetime Member. He was a member of the 2013 Adams County Speedway Hall of Fame Class.
Harry was a man of few words, but he loved a good story or a joke. Harry loved his family, he may not of been one to say I love you, but he showed his love by his actions and deeds. Harry had a special place in his heart for his puppies. When he sat in his recliner he would always have more than one dog on his lap.
Harry is survived by his children Debra Buffington (Jack Nevius) , JamesWiechman, Jeffrey Wiechman, and Corrine Wilkinson (Shawn) all of Corning. Grandchildren Jamie (Laci) Buffington, Stacey (Chris)True, Shawn (Bre) Buffington, Matthew Wiechman (Tiffany Bouchard), Kristin Wiechman, Rachel Wiechman- Watts, Riley Wilkinson, Owen Wilkinson, Sawyer Wilkinson, and Josey Wilkinson. His 12 great grand children. His sister Virgina Haley of Villisca, and brother Robert of Nodaway. Sister Brother in law Bev and Glen Walter of Corning and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was proceeded in death by his wife of 46 years, Shirley in 2002, His parents Carl Emma Wiechman; Sister Dora Harris; Brother CharlieWiechman; Nephew Eldon Harris; Niece Marilyn Wassenhove; In laws James Pearl Penn; Brother in laws Floyd Haley, Edwin Harris; Sister in laws Marilynn Bixler, Kathy Quinn; and his Great Granddaughter Danna Rains.