Isaac Wiltgen

Tuesday, July 25, 2023 10:40 pm

Isaac Joseph Wiltgen, age 29, of Ridgeway, passed away from a short but courageous battle with cancer, on July 23, 2023, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus surrounded by his family.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Monday, July 31, 2023, at 11 a.m. with Father Jacob Rouse officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church on Sunday, July 30, from 3 to 7  p.m. followed by a prayer service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Isaac J. Wiltgen was born May 24, 1994, in Rochester, MN, son of Mark and LuAnn (Heying) Wiltgen. Isaac was a 2012 graduate from Crestwood High School, and went on to earn a degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. For the past 7 years, Isaac has been employed with Winneshiek County Engineer’s Department, doing what he loved, designing and building roads and bridges.

Isaac had the gift of being able to strike up a conversation with anyone; whether they were young or old.  He was the friend who was quick to lend a helping hand, and known for his many “Isaac-isms”. He loved to play and watch all sports, especially the Iowa State Cyclones and the Dallas Cowboys. Isaac relished the outdoors.  He liked the thrill of a deer coming into his sight, a fish biting the lure, floating in a canoe, and being out on the boat.  Isaac also enjoyed exploring nature with his dogs, Copper, Otis, and Harvey.

Most important to Isaac was his family and friends.  Growing up Isaac was very protective of his sisters. He was excited to become an uncle, and loved his niece and nephews dearly. Isaac met and fell in love with Jodi Sorensen, together creating a perfect life. The couple became engaged and were planning a wedding for May 18, 2024. Isaac has the best group of friends that knew how to have a good time and always had time for “just one more”.

There is no way to put into words to describe the kind, courageous, strong, loving and caring man Isaac was. If you knew him, you loved him!

Isaac is survived by the love of his life Jodi Sorensen of Ridgeway, IA; parents Mark and LuAnn Wiltgen of Cresco, IA; sisters Daron (Shawn) Omar of Cresco, IA, Michaela (Chase Lienhard) Wiltgen of Stewartville, MN; his niece Eversynn Omar; bonus sister Shannon Seehusen of Cresco, IA; paternal grandfather William Wiltgen of Ossian, IA; maternal grandparents Ernest and Kathleen Heying of Calmar, IA; mother-in-law Julie Sorensen of Cedar Falls, IA; brother-in-law Ben (Beth Bellinger) Sorensen of Marshalltown, IA; sisters-in-law Jennifer (Jake) Weitzell of Reinbeck, IA, and Jessi (Derek) Noteboom of Grundy Center, IA; nephews Jamisen and Jaxsen Weitzell; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Marian Wiltgen and father-in-law Harold Sorensen.

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