Neil Wojahn, age 80 of Milbank died December 24, 2015, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. Rev. Keith Bicknase will officiate and burial will be in the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Emanuel Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 5 – 7 p.m. and continue on Wednesday, one hour prior to the service.
Neil Wojahn is survived by his wife, Lila of Milbank, SD; three children: Darwin Wojahn of Milbank, SD; Kevin (Laurie) Wojahn of Brookings, SD; Beck (Mark) Hartman of Watertown, SD; 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four brothers: Gary Wojahn of Watertown, SD; Larry (Pam) Wojahn of Big Stone City, SD; Lowell (Liz) Wojahn of Dayton, MN; Stan (Doris) Wojahn of Camino, CA; two sisters: Marion (Bill) Meyers of Clearwater, MN; Wanda Elvecrog of Ortonville, MN; brother-in-law, Harlan Wick of Wisconsin; and sister-in-law, Linda Wojahn of Milbank, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Steve, Calvin, and Michael; and one sister, Elaine.
Neil Rolland Wojahn was born June 13, 1935, in Revillo, SD. He was the son of Rolland and Grace (Hagedorn) Wojahn. Neil grew up in the Revillo area. He graduated from Revillo High School in 1954. Neil proudly served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1958. He returned to South Dakota. He began his career with Dakota Granite Company and worked there 39 years. He worked in various positions including stone cutting and shipping.
Neil was united in marriage with Lila Schmidt on January 24, 1959, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. They were blessed with three children: Darwin, Kevin, and Becky.
Neil was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. His interests included collecting guns. He was a craftsman and built several gun cabinets. He enjoyed restoring cars including his 1963 Corvair. He always looked forward to morning and afternoon coffee visits with his buddies at Trevett’s Café. Neil’s greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his grandchildren.