Dan Lester Wiedeman

Sept. 14, 1946 - June 26, 2006

Dan Lester Wiedeman, a professional engineer, owner and president of Innovative Combustion Technologies Inc. (aka S.T. Johnson Co.) in Oakland, Calif., and a resident of El Cerrito, Calif., passed away Monday, June 26, 2006. He was born in Waukesha on Sept. 14, 1946.

Dan moved to the Bay Area 31 years ago as a combustion engineer with Maxon Corp. He joined S.T. Johnson in 1985 and became a controlling shareholder in 2002. He gave a presentation to the California Air Resources Board on April 6, 2004, regarding his company’s co-development of an Ultra-Low NOx Burner in a Fire-Tube Boiler, which set a new milestone for low emissions for said burners. Dan’s pre-college education occurred in Pewaukee grade schools and Milwaukee’s Shorewood High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1972, and held professional engineer status for 29 continuous years. He was initiated into the membership of Delta Upsilon Fraternity-Wisconsin Chapter in 1967. Dan served in the U.S. Army for two years. In basic training, he was given a letter of commendation as the “outstanding marksman” for attaining the highest rifle marksmanship in competition with more than 600 other trainees. After serving in Alaska, he was awarded an honorable discharge at a SP5 rank in 1971.

Dan is survived by his mother, Gladys Chidester, and her husband, Bob; one brother, Charles (Pat) Wiedeman; one sister, Ruth Ann (Fred) Camplin; nephews, Chris, Scott, Todd and Matthew; nieces, Pamela and Lori; his girlfriend, Dorian Makres; and a host of great friends and business associates. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Charles Wiedeman, and a nephew, Darrell Duane Camplin.

Traveling with friends and being at the beach or in the mountains was especially joyful for Dan. But, as a sports enthusiast, he also enjoyed golfing, fishing, NASCAR racing and rooting for his favorite sports teams, with the Wisconsin Badgers topping the list. He loved his family and his many friends. He was also very generous to students in need of financial assistance.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift to the University of Wisconsin, Attn: Dan Wiedeman Memorial Fund, UW Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278, would be appreciated.

There will be a memorial service for Dan at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, 777 S. Barker Road. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Pewaukee immediately following the service.