Selmer Johan “Sally” Weness

Selmer Johan “Sally” Weness

Birth
Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 7 Jan 1989 (aged 83)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Plot 80
Memorial ID 17277344 · View Source
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Born in Adams Township

Selmer J. Weness, 83, of Adams, Mn., a retired farmer, died Saturday morning, January 7, 1989 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

He was born March 23, 1905 in Adams. He was a lifelong area resident and farmed until retiring in 1978. On June 12, 1945 he married Wilma Hardecopf at Little Cedar Lutheran Church. He was an active member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church and had formerly held church offices. Selmer was a former board member of the American Dairy Association in Mower County and was a longtime president of the Adams Creamery Board. He was a board member of the Adams Rural Fire Association.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Richard Doughan of West Des Moines, Ia; Shirley and Randy Sammons of Atlanta, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law; Gary and Angie of Chatfield; Brian and Laura of Blue Earth; and Mark and Cheryl of Adams; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Daisy Hanson of Adams; and three brothers, Earl and Clifford, both of Adams, and Kenneth of Melvin, Ia. An infant brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 10 at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with the Rev. Allen Gunderson officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Weness, David Weness, Roger Weness, Terry Ross, Lowell Finseth, and Kim Hardecopf. Music was provided by Jan and Jeff Severson and Charlotte Anderson, organist. Burial was in the Little Cedar Cemetery.

Information from Little Cedar Lutheran Church, written in 1985:
Selmer Johan Weness was born on March 23, 1905, to Erick and Martha Weness on the family farm southwest of Adams where his son, Mark, lives now.

He was baptized in the Little Cedar country church by Rev. Rasmussen and confirmed in the town church by Rev. Runsvold. He has served as a Deacon, Trustee, and was also an usher.

He attended grade school in the country school about one mile north of his home and then attended school in Adams after the new public school was built.

Selmer worked as a farm hand for many years. He worked for Nick Bissen for three years and Oscar Bergene for twelve years.

On June 12, 1945, he married Wilma Hardecopf at Little Cedar Parsonage and farmed the home farm. To this union five children were born: Karen Doughan of West Des Moines, IA; Shirley Westfall of Atlanta, GA; Gary of Chatfield; Brian of Blue Earth; and Mark on the home farm, Adams. He has eight grandchildren which are his pride and joy.

Selmer was active in farming and served many years on the Adams Co-op Creamery Board, the County and Regional American Dairy Association, and the American Milk Producers, Inc.

He is now retired and has lived in Adams for six years. He still goes out to the farm almost every day and enjoys helping out there.

Selmer's favorite bible verse is John 3:16 and his favorite hymn is "How Great Thou Art."


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  • Maintained by: Janet Stephenson
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  • Added: 3 Jan 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 17277344
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Selmer Johan “Sally” Weness (23 Mar 1905–7 Jan 1989), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17277344, citing Little Cedar Cemetery, Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Janet Stephenson (contributor 46853083) .