Donald “Gene” Wiggins, 98, of Valparaiso passed away on Monday, March 13th, 2023. Donald was born on April 1, 1924 to Roland and Marie (Montgomery) Wiggins, in Coshocton, OH. Gene was a Professor at Valparaiso Technical Institute and helped build WNWI radio station. He was associated with the school in 1942 to March 1943 and again in 1946-1947 after the war. He left Tech as a teacher in 1947 and became the chief engineer at an AM broadcast station in his hometown in Ohio. He was a WW2 Army Veteran and spent time on Luzon and in Japan. He was very active in HAM radio and had a call sign of W9CWG. He married the love of his life Helen L Weddle on May 15th, 1948, who survives, in Valparaiso, IN. He is also survived by his daughter Barb Wiggins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Marie, his son Donald in 2000, and son Richard in 1997. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a Past Master in his hometown of West Lafayette, OH. He also enjoyed being involved with HAM radio and spending time with his family. There will be a Grave side Service on Friday, March 17th, at 1:00 p.m., at Memorial Park Cemetery in Valparaiso. Memorial Donations can be made to the Heart Association.
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