Sherman L. Wiehe
January 30, 1926
World War II Veteran, Navy Seabee, MMS Second Class,
retired maintenance welder at General
Motors Assembly Plant, Kansas City, KS, rental property landlord,
welder, farmer, produce business owner, gardener, mechanic and hunter of
moose, caribou, bear, deer, bear, pheasant, quail, dove, turkey, and
In respect to my father My father, Sherman L. Wiehe, taught my sister and I how to work and learn common sense
values quickly in life. That hard headed German never let a day go by without
putting in a full day, whether it be working at his full time position at General Motors
as a maintenance welder or maintaining his rental properties, welding, farming, mechanic,
donating his labor, time and materials in building many baseball diamond backstops for the
communities near our home in Kansas City, KS.
One of his popular phrases that stays with me even to this day is, "It
isn't what you
make but it's what you save after you make it". It's definitely a rule that I
follow to this day.
The most exciting parts of my years at home were our hunting trips to western Kansas.
Dad "always the best shot" and his dogs "the best in the
country" were a threat to any pheasant or quail group in a 3-mile radius.
Most of all, I'm thankful I learned to play the piano very well because Dad didn't allow
any BS when it came to that 1-hour a day practice period each day. I learned that a
cottonwood tree stick can make practice easy and Dad met business when
it come to practicing at the piano. I don't regret his ways for
piano has brought me lots of excitement and happiness in my life.
With the fact I learn to weld, farm, and maintain Dad's property, I took a liking to
electronics. My hard work in technical training allowed me to land a job at
Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Here I was able
to follow the work ethics I learned at home and excel with my piano
skills to entertain the island. Thanks, Dad! Love always, your