Wearn William ``Bill'' Henry Wearn III was born on July 13, 1923 to William II and Margaret (Linthicum) Wearn in Charlotte, North Carolina. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and earned battle stars in France and Germany. He was honorably discharged on March 14, 1946. He was united in marriage to Jean E. Hobbs in 1948 in Ringgold, Georgia. Bill graduated from the University of TN in 1950. He was commissioned as a Reserve Medical Officer during the Korean War. The couple moved from TN to MN in 1950 and Bill worked as a micro biologist at the University of MN and in 1951 started working for Coca Cola Co. Bill retired from Coca Cola as a district manager in 1971. For a short time he had worked for Montgomery Ward in Minneapolis. Bill was a member of the American Legion and a life time member of Vetrans of Foreign Wars. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, flying as a licensed pilot and gardening. His greatest pleasure was maintaining a Nature Log on the farm for 25 years. Abstracts from these were printed in the Freshwater Foundations weather guide calender for many years as well as a national magazine. He received the Northwest Sportsman Achievement Award for Mille Lacs County in 1979. Bill died on Saturday, August 10, 2002 in Buffalo, MN at the age of 79 years and 28 days. He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Bill Wearn Jr. and wife Kelly of Chanhassen; daughters, betty Keppel and husband Mark of Mpls., Margaret Mathison and husband Roger of Milaca; 4 grandchildren, Lee Whitney and wife Julie, Erik Mathison, Katie Wearn and Madison Keppel; and great-grandson, Alex. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Milaca with Fr Charles Kunkel officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour before services. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The Hansen Hayes American Legion Post #178 will provide the honor guard and casketbearers. The Peterson Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca is in charge of the arrangements.

Published on August 13, 2002

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