HOUSTON, Texas - Former resident and business owner/architect of Fort Dodge, John Hauck Wiegman, 83,passed away on May 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Rolfe, Iowa on November 29, 1928 to Henry and Marie Hauck Wiegman. He attended Rolfe Public Schools graduating in 1946, and attended Iowa State University graduating in 1951. After service in the Army, he began an architectural firm in Fort Dodge, Iowa, with college classmate, Don Maiwurm.
Together they designed many homes, public and private buildings in Fort Dodge, the surrounding area and throughout Iowa.
As partners in Maiwurm-Wiegman Architects in the fifties and sixties, Don and John designed Feelhaver, Arey, Cooper and Hillcrest Schools or major additions in Fort Dodge; Church of the Latter Day Saints, Coalville; First Evangelical United Brethren Church, Fort Dodge; St. John's Lutheran Church, Depew; Trinity Lutheran Church, Kneirim; Town Hall and Library, Pocahontas; Medical Arts Office building, Fort Dodge; First Presbyterian Church Education addition, Jefferson; Corpus Christi Parish Center, Fort Dodge; Rotary Retirement Home, Eagle Grove; Holy Rosary Youth Center, Fort Dodge; Buena Vista College dormitories, student center, chapel and library, Storm Lake; St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Barnum; Prince of Peace Lutheran, Fort Dodge; Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Humboldt; Congregational Church, Eagle Grove; Sacred Heart Elementary School, Fort Dodge; Renwick Public Library; KWMT Radio, Fort Dodge; Presbyterian Church, Denison, Zion Lutheran Church, Gowrie; Fort Dodge Fire Station; Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fort Dodge; YMCA, Fort Dodge; Lutheran Hospital Chapel, State and First National Banks, and Farmers Regional Cooperative Office Building, Fort Dodge; Lake Okoboji Presbyterian Camp buildings and canteen; and additions for St. Olaf Lutheran and First Presbyterian churches, Fort Dodge; and other buildings throughout the area. Maiwurm and Wiegman were also the architects for the Rogers baseball-softball complex which opened in June, 1969.
In 1969, he sold his interest in Maiwurm-Wiegman Architects and moved to Houston, where he attended Rice University, and received his Master's degree in Architecture degree. In Houston, he worked for Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson Architects and became a partner in the successor firm, S.I. Morris Associates in 1974. He became Chairman of the firm, with offices in Houston, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Rio De Janeiro, in 1993 and retired in 1998.
John was a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects. As president of Morris, he served on the AIA Large Firm Round Table. He was a founding member of the Global Design Alliance, a nation-wide group of architectural and engineering firms. He served on the Board of Governors of Iowa State University and was a member of the ISU College of Design Advisory Board. He belonged to the Wednesday River Oaks Breakfast Association. John was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, trustee and served as an elder and clerk of session for the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and served on the Synod Board of Visitors for Iowa Presbyterian Colleges. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston at the time of his death and served on the church's facility planning committee and as a mentor in the church's Kid's Hope program.
John was married in 1951 to Elizabeth Ann Clark of Edina, MN, and had three children: Sherry Arrick (Doug) Huffman, TX, Joy Boruff (Chet) Moline, IL, and Clark Wiegman (Julie) Seattle, WA. In 1972 he married Georgia Hauck Thompson. Georgia brought to the marriage five children, three of whom survive him; Judith May (Rob) Lafayette, CA, William Thompson (Susan) Grand Isle, VT, and John Thompson (Daniela) Lafayette, CA. He is survived by 12 grandchildren: Bruce, Megan and Kellyn Arrick; Scott (Amanda), and Amy Boruff; Laura and Chris May; Kristen Thompson; Nate and Ella Wiegman; and Anika and Kristina Thompson. He was preceded in death by grandchildren Deborah and Stephen Thompson, and Marie Arrick, and his siblings and their spouses, brother, Jean (Lucile), and sisters Rachel (Jack) Evans, and Janice (Bob) Stelzer, and parents.
This Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. the family invites friends and associates of John Wiegman to a Celebration of Life service followed by a reception to be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, Houston. Memorial gifts may be made to the church.