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.
His service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Flanagan with Rev. Paul M. Lellelid officiating. Following the service, a military burial will be at St. Petri Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, has charge of arrangements.
Born Nov. 9, 1944, in Bloomington, Rudy was a son of Anna Elizabeth (Folkerts) Weichman and Chris William Weichman. He married Deanna Vitzthum of Pontiac on May 4, 1969, at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Flanagan. They were married for 48 years. She survives.
Also surviving are two children: one daughter, Angela (Brad) Campbell of Cornell and one son, Ryan (Kate) Weichman of Bloomington; and a stepdaughter, Kelly (Kevin) Davis of 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, Tomie Christine Weaver; and one great-grandchild, Dahlia Joy Adkins. He is also survived by his sisters, Rosetta Slagell and Rita (Paul) Hemken; and one sister-in-law, Kathy Weichman.
His parents and two brothers, Richard Weichman and Robert Weichman preceded him in death.
He attended Flanagan schools, graduating with the Class of 1962 at Flanagan High School.
Rudy served with the U.S. Army from 1965-1967, 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.
Rudy retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in September of 2001 after 32 years of service.
An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, Rudy loved working on projects around the home, fishing when possible, and doing outdoor activities. He 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.