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Joseph Weingarz

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[February 23, 2010]  LINCOLN -- Joseph R. Weingarz, 75, of Lincoln, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at 6:16 p.m. at his home.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Andrew Nyren officiating.

Burial will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Joliet, where military rites will be conducted.

Arrangements are by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Mr. Weingarz retired in 1999 from employment with the state of Illinois. He was building manager in Springfield for the secretary of state.

He served in the U.S. Navy from February 1953 to August 1954.

He was born Oct. 15, 1934, in rural Mount Pulaski. His parents were William E. and M. Marie Bartels Weingarz. He married Marilyn R. Yeates on Sept. 27, 1959, in Lincoln

He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; two sons, Joseph R. Jr. (and Judi) Weingarz of Naperville and Jeffrey M. (and Julie) Weingarz of Sycamore; five grandchildren, Kevin, Sean, Clare, Maggie and Amelia Weingarz; one sister, Phyllis (and Willie) Simpson of Lincoln; and a sister-in-law, Joanne Weingarz of Sherwood, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William Weingarz.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lincoln, where he served on the church council and was past stewardship chairman.

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He was past president of the Chester-East Lincoln school board and a member of American Legion Post 263.

Joe enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, who were the light of his life. He was an avid fan of the Lincoln Railsplitters and the Fighting Illini.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Logan County Food Pantry.

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