Rudy John Weichman, 73, of Flanagan, went to his heavenly home at 8:28 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 13, 2017) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, surrounded by his loving family.
Rudy was born Nov. 9, 1944, in Bloomington, to Anna Elizabeth Folkerts Weichman and Chris William Weichman. He attended Flanagan schools, graduating with the Class of 1962 at Flanagan High School.
Rudy served with the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967, serving as a truck driver stationed in Germany during the Vietnam era. He was still very actively involved with the Flanagan American Legion, having served as commander several times.
He was married for 48 years to Deanna Vitzthum Weichman of Pontiac. They married May 4, 1969, at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Flanagan. She survives.
They have two children, one daughter, Angela (Brad) Campbell, Cornell, and one son, Ryan (Kate) Weichman, Bloomington; and one stepdaughter, Kelly (Kevin) Davis, Atlanta. Rudy was also the proud grandpa to six grandchildren, Carrie Elizabeth Campbell, Christian John Weichman, Chelsea Eileen (Dylan) Adkins, Katelyn Rachelle Davis, Levi Thomas Weaver and Tomie Christine Weaver; and one great-grandchild, Dahlia Joy Adkins. He is survived by his sisters, Rosetta Slagell and Rita (Paul) Hemken, and one sister-in-law, Kathy Weichman.
Rudy retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in September 2001 after 32 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard Weichman and Robert Weichman.
His service will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Flanagan, with the Rev. Paul M. Lellelid officiating. Following the service, a military burial will be at St. Petri Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials maybe made to St. Petri Lutheran Church or the Flanagan American Legion. Calvert-Johnson and Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, is handling arrangements.
Rudy was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, loved working on projects around the home, fishing when possible, outdoor activities and was an outgoing servant of his church. Rudy was the type of person who never met a stranger and would help anyone in need.
Rudy was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and buddy who will be greatly missed.