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David Michael Wehner passes away in Australia

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David Michael Wehner, formerly of Portage, Indiana, died on June 16, 2016, in Sydney, Australia.

He was born August 31, 1954, in Gary, Indiana, to Charles R. and Virginia Ann (Marsh) Wehner.

David is survived by his son Dr. Justin Wehner (Lindsey Mottus), Santa Barbara, CA, his daughter Dr. Elise Adams (Karl Bohak,) Sydney, Australia, sisters: Jody Zelencik, Greenfield, IN, Belinda Petroskey, Chris Cole, Nancy (Don) Samuelson, Portage, IN, Magi Wehner, Dubuque, IA and Laurie (John Evans) Wehner-Evans, Chesterton, IN.

He is also survived his partner Cate Rendell, Sydney, Australia, nephews Brian Zelencik, Portage, IN, Caleb (Alyson) Zelencik, McCordsville, IN, Matthew Petroskey, Portage, IN, Michael (Kate) Wehner, Bloomington, IN, niece Laura Petroskey, Hobart, IN, and great-nephew Cason Zelencik, great-niece Cally Zelencik McCordsville, IN, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Dave Zelencik.

David was a 1972 graduate of Portage High School. He earned his BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland while serving in the U.S. Army as an MP in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He also completed a Masters in Psychology, from the Flinders University of South Australia, studying inmate treatment and its impact on repeat offenders, as well as a Masters of Nursing from the University of South Australia.

David worked as a psychologist in the corrections system across Australia with positions in Adelaide SA, Perth WA, Sydney NSW and Mackay QLD. He helped inmates through rehabilitation and self- improvement to try to reduce recidivism and improve life for some of society’s toughest individuals.

His passion for travel and music took him to many countries, concerts and venues. He especially came to love Canada’s Banff National Park.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.




Posted 6/21/2016






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