DECATUR — The Rev. Robert C. “Bob” Wiedrich, 87, Decatur, passed away at 4:35 a.m. Tuesday (June 19, 2012) in Lincoln Rehabilitation Center, Decatur.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Grace United Methodist Church, 901 N. Main St., Decatur. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the Fireside Room of the church. Memorials may be made to the Preachers’ Aid Society. Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, North Chapel, Decatur, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bob was born Jan. 12, 1925, in Rockford, the son of Jacob C. and Pauline Osborne Wiedrich. Bob served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois and then went on to graduate from Garrett Biblical Institute. He married Alice R. Rife on June 26, 1948.
Bob’s first preaching position was in 1947 at the Methodist Church in Argenta. From there he served a number of churches throughout Illinois with one international stint as pastor of a church in New Zealand. Throughout his life, Bob has always been a social activist and proponent of social justice, participating in the civil rights movement and locally in the A.E. Staley Co. lockout. He was a member of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church; a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, where he was named a 2006 Paul Harris Fellow; an active member of Theater 7 in Decatur; and a member of the Criminal Justice Group.
Surviving are his wife, Alice, Decatur; sons, Thomas (Lin) Wiedrich, El Paso; Charles (Vicki) Wiedrich, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Daniel (Michelle) Wiedrich, Kingwood, Texas; and grandchildren, Andrew Wiedrich, Boulder, Colo.; Alicyn Wiedrich, Charlotte, N.C.; Samantha Wiedrich, Nicholas Wiedrich and Noah Wiedrich, all of Kingwood, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elizabeth.
The family wishes to extend their special thanks to Kim from St. John’s Home Health Care and to caregivers, Michelle and Israel, for all their care and compassion.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.