Henry N. Weggeland, 79, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who also engaged in a career as a marketing director for large corporations, died of cancer Nov. 25 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Col. Weggeland, who lived in Springfield, served 24 years in the Army beginning in 1942. He became a pilot with the Third Army in Europe during World War II, when part of his duties included flying Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
He also volunteered for a mission to rescue a downed pilot behind enemy lines and was wounded in hand to hand combat.
Col. Weggeland, a native of Salt Lake City and an economics graduate of the University of Utah, served as a military adviser in Taiwan in the early 1950s and in Vietnam in 1963 and '64. His other assignments included a teaching position at the Command General Staff College and a staff position with the Army Aviation Operations at the Pentagon.
His military honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.
After his retirement from active military duty in 1966, he joined the Los Angeles offices of Litton Industries as a marketing director. He had a similar job with Singer Co., in Northern New Jersey, before relocating to the Washington area in 1975 to rejoin Litton as a marketing director. He retired in 1987.
He was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne W. Weggeland of Springfield; two children, Stephen N. Weggeland of Springfield and Susan W. Hicks of Cincinnati; and five grandchildren.
A son, Alan D. Weggeland, died in 1990.