JACKSONVILLE - Staff Sergeant Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville was mortally wounded on Saturday, July 17, 2010, while serving with the U.S. Army near Orgun, Afghanistan.
He was born May 15, 1981 in Sioux City, IA, the son of Richard W. "Dick" and Susan B. Kiel Weikert.
He is survived by his parents of Jacksonville; a son, Jayse Schaecher Weikert of South Jacksonville; two sisters, Meghan Weikert and Melissa Weikert, both of Jacksonville; the mother of his son, Megan Schaecher of South Jacksonville; his girlfriend, Danica Schild of Greenfield; his maternal grandparents, Rev. Wesley and Nell Kiel of Holland, MI; his paternal grandparents, Richard A. "Dick" and Virginia Weikert of Sioux City, IA; five aunts and uncles, Cathy Dartman of Creighton, NE, Kim Weikert-Moner of Georgetown, MA, Steven Kiel (wife, Sheryl) of Longview, WA, Sheryl Mallehan (husband, Dave) of Holland, MI, and Scott Kiel (wife, Cathy) of Bloomington; and numerous cousins.
Matthew was a member of the Jacksonville High School Class of 2000, a former member of the JHS soccer team, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in August of 2001 serving three tours in Iraq over four years. He later joined the U.S. Army serving with the 101st Airborne completing a tour in Iraq and was currently deployed in Afghanistan. As a military team leader, Matt was adamant that his personal mission was to properly prepare the soldiers under his command and keep them safe from harm.
In his spare time, Matt enjoyed hunting pheasant with his grandfather, playing golf with his family and friends, and spending time with his son, Jayse.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Buchanan and Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial and military honors at Liberty Cemetery, west of Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the Weikert Education Fund at Jacksonville Savings Bank.
Friends are invited to share memories online at www.buchanancody.com.