Dwayne W. “Skeeter” Weiner, 94, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Sept. 25, 2023, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.
A memorial service was held at Sept. 29 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rebecca Thomas officiating. Inurnment was at Greenwood Cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.
Dwayne William Weiner was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Sauk Centre, to Matthias and Esther (Quade) Weiner. He grew up in Sauk Centre and Little Sauk, attending school in Sauk Centre. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948, stationed in Alaska. After service, he returned to Sauk Centre to work in farming and road construction. In 1955, he went to Eureka, California, to work for a lumber company. He returned to Sauk Centre a year later and was a Star Tribune relay driver for 35 years. He also worked for Sauk Centre Excavating. At various times, he worked as a school bus driver, carpenter, taxi driver and a driver for Gettle Trucking.
He married Alta (Crandall) Butler Dec. 19, 1968. They enjoyed 40 years of marriage.
Skeeter was very active in Boy Scouts and the church. He enjoyed working on Habitat for Humanity homes with the First Lutheran Church group, twice traveling to New Orleans to help repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. He was also a member of the American Legion, Sauk Centre Historical Society and Big Sauk Lake Association.
Skeeter enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends. He loved to visit and stay active outside, cutting and splitting wood all through his eighties. He was always happy to lend a hand when needed.
He will be remembered as kind, thoughtful and caring man, a friend to many, generous with his time and love for his family.
Survivors include his son, Glen (Leslie) Weiner of Fridley; stepson Fred Butler of Spring Lake, North Carolina, and his children, Marc, Brandon and Kristi; sister-in-law Shirley Weiner of Sauk Centre; and many nieces and nephews.
Skeeter was preceded in death his by parents; wife Alta Weiner in 2009; infant son; brothers and sister-in-law Arthur “Bud” (Glee) Weiner and Merlin Weiner; and sister and brother-in-law Arlene (Don) Bailey.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.