Donald Elsworth Wigren, 85, of Collinsville, TX was called home to his Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
Donald was born on August 21, 1934 in Plainfield, Connecticut to Sven and Tynne (Allanen) Wigren. He later married the “love” of his life Eila Fors in Westerly, Rhode Island on May 7, 1955. He retired from the military, having served during Desert Storm and spending countless hours in the National Guard. Donald was extremely proud of his Finnish heritage, building his own authentic sauna, which he loved. Being a jack of all trades, he always found a way to provide for his family. In his younger years he was involved with the boy Scouts having established Troop 21 in Ashaway, R.I., which is still active and going strong 50 years later. He loved to fish, camp and work outdoors and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
He is survived by his loving wife, Eila Wigren, daughter Lynda Rosaschi and husband, Rick, son, John Wigren and wife, Lorna, grandchildren, Jessica Wigren, John Derrick Wigren, Lydia Butler, Logan Rochell, great-grandchildren, Bella, Gabby, Madison, Kruze, Memphis, Khloe and Camden, nieces, Jane Bowman, Gaylee Donandt, and nephew, Marlon Taylor, as well as many other loving family and friends. He will be truly missed but never forgotten – forever in our hearts.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Pearl Schnieder.
Memorial services for Donald will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Meador Funeral Home of Gainesville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home of Gainesville.
Dad was quite the man always found something to do to keep going. Very caring soul to everyone he met! His witty humor at times. His love for mom always caring. Going to miss him! Until the day we meet again we will all be together! Love You Dad !
Don was quite the gentleman. We became good friends upon meeting at the old Posi-Seal International valve manufacturing facility in North Stonington, CT in the late 70’s. I knew that he moved to Texas many years ago to be with his daughter and work on her farm. He planted some pine trees on my property that have grown to over 40 feet. He definitely had a green thumb.
I had the honor of serving with Don for many years in the CT ACRAD in Groton, CT. He was a true gentleman and a hard working soldier.
I send along my sincere condolences to his family, and I pray that your wonderful memories of Don will comfort you at this most difficult time.
I’ll always remember ur sense of humor .
Eila, I was sorry to hear of your dear Donald’s passing. I never met your husband, but his obituary was beautifully written, it sounds like he had a full life, and he most certainly knew what he was doing when he married you. You are one of the most wise and kindest people I have had the pleasure of meeting. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
we will miss Donald
I was so sorry to hear of Don”s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts. I have many fond memories of our family get togethers. I know my mother thought the world of both of you.
Denice Eila Senior
Sorry to hear that Don passed he was a good man I remember going to visit your family with our family. My thoughts are with. You. Scott Dawley
Sorry for your loss he was a good person. I remember when our families use to visit our thoughts are with you. Scott Dawley