EAST PEORIA - James N. "Jim" Wiegand, 65, of East Peoria passed away at 5:31 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Portland, Ore., at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital as a result of complications for treatment for Lung Cancer.
Jim was born on Dec. 26, 1947, in Washington, Ill., to John Henry and Frances Kiser Wiegand.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Kay. He was married to Paula C. Abdo from 1971 to 1988. She survives and resides in Colorado.
He is also survived by his son, Christopher James (Megan) Wiegand of Portland; two brothers, Donald (Bettijean) Wiegand of East Peoria and Jack (Paula) Wiegand of Deer Creek; three nephews, Nicolas, David and Daryl; and one niece, Valarie.
Jim attended Fort Lauderdale University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and graduated with a B.S. degree in marketing in 1970 and enrolled in postgraduate courses at DeVry University in Atlanta, Ga., in 1987.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 and was stationed in Germany.
Jim was part owner along with his parents & brothers of Wiegand Concrete Products. In later years he was an owner/operator of his own dump truck service.
He was especially known as a lifelong avid golfer and excelled at it. He loved anything Harley, taking motorcycle road trips, golf outings with his friends, the movie "Easy Rider," playing euchre and pinochle with his cousins, and the music of Jim Croce and especially Hank Williams Jr. More than anything, Jim was a devoted son to his mother, Frances, and was selflessly committed to caring for her over the last few years. Jim was by far most proud of his only child, Christopher, with whom he shared a passion for higher learning, golfing and basketball.
There will be a funeral service for Jim on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in East Peoria. Pastor Evan Williams will officiate. There will be a visitation on Friday, May 10, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
or St. Jude Research Hospital.
Jim's memorial website may be found at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where online condolences may be sent to the family.