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Bernal Wayne “Gus” Wahlberg, 87

June 25, 2013
Times-Republican

Bernal Wayne "Gus" Wahlberg, age 87 of Hudson, WI, died on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at his home, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Gus was born on July 13, 1925 to Lennard and Geraldine (Johnson) Wahlberg in Marshalltown, Iowa and was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Marshalltown High School and worked for Lennox Industries. In 1943 he joined the US Marine Corps and served through WWII, specifically in the Pacific Campaign, with the 2nd Division 6th Marine Regiment HQ Co. His military career saw him in the role of communications along side the Navajo Code-Talkers in the battles of Saipan, Okinawa and others and earn the rank of Corporal. After his military career he returned home to Marshalltown and continued working for Lennox where he became a salesman and territory manager. He would work for Lennox until his retirement in 1988. It was while working for Lennox that he would occasionally chat with a local phone operator named Geraldine Rolston. The conversations grew longer and longer and eventually led to their first date on July 8, 1948. The two were united in marriage on December 16, 1949 and were inseparable after that. The marriage was blessed with three children, Greg, Gwen and Glenn. It was in April of 1957 that the Wahlberg family moved to Hudson, Wisconsin for Gus' work where they have since remained, close to friends and family.

 
 
 

 

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