Former councilman dies in golf cart accident in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, MN — A former member of the Independence City Council died last week after crashing his golf cart at his home, according to officials and reports.

Norman Clarence Wenck, 82, died May 25 at his home in Independence in what the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office called a “golf cart accident.”

Wenck served on the Independence City Council from 2007 to 2015, as the Star Tribune first reported.

He is survived by his wife, Mollie – with whom he was to celebrate 60 years of marriage in December – four children, 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild, according to his obituary.

“Norm loved spending time with his grandchildren and traveled the world on adventures with many of them,” his family wrote in their obituary.

Wenck “met and married the love of his life,” Mollie, while earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Iowa State University, according to his obituary.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife and enjoyed boating on Lake Sarah, relaxing on the north shore of Lake Superior and visiting Colorado, Florida and Hawaii in the winter, his family wrote.

“He especially enjoyed his canoe trips on the boundary waters with his little band of adventurers,” his family wrote.

Wenck was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Navy after graduating from Iowa State and served in Maryland, Thailand and Minnesota, according to his obituary. After his service, he worked as an engineer and later founded the civil engineering firm Wenck Associates in 1985, his obituary states.

Wenck was a longtime member of the Vision of Glory Church, where he “formed many lifelong friendships,” according to his obituary.

“Norm lived generously. He was a loyal donor to his church and supported many charities and organizations,” his family wrote.