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Wayne Weidner

1937 - 2021



Wayne Weidner, 83, of Urbana passed away at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday March 10, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.  

Wayne was born September 1, 1937 in Urbana, the son of Roy E. and Mildred M. (Brown) Weidner.  He married Diane Rear on September 15, 1963 in Urbana.  

Wayne is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter Reagen (Shawn) O’Connor; grandsons Brady and Evan; brother Ron (Kay) Weidner; and sister Ruth Douglas.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  oldest brother Farris Weidner; and youngest brother David Weidner.

Wayne is a 1955 graduate of Urbana High School and a 35 year veteran of the Illinois National Guard retiring as a Major. He was a pressman with the Champaign-Urbana Courier newspaper for over 20 years until it closed in 1979. Thereafter he worked as a stockbroker.

He was a member of Quest United Methodist Church: A Community of Grace and the Urbana Exchange Club.  He volunteered with the Friends of the Urbana Free Library and loved helping with their book sales.  He collected model trains, attended tractor shows with his brothers, and was a life long St. Louis Cardinals fan.  He enjoyed listening to the radio (especially WGN), reading the newspaper, and his daily walks with his friend Ralph. He was crazy about his pets, and his dog Jack was his constant companion.  His son-in-law often called him the dog whisperer.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday June 2, 2021 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory and burial at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign with military rites by the Army National Guard and Urbana American Post #72.  The Rev. Casey Taylor will officiate.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday June 1 at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to the Exchange Club of Urbana or the Urbana Free Library. Condolences may be offered at

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pattsi petrie

June 1, 2021 9:52 AM

Diane, I am so glad that you have family and friends with you to talk about all of the wonderful moments and years with Wayne.

Pattsi Petrie

Alison Burns

March 24, 2021 9:58 AM

I grew up with his daughter and he was a loving Father and family man. I recall taking a field trip with him for school to Newton, Illinois and he drove everyone in his van. He was a kind soul and I was blessed to have known him. He will be greatly missed.

Stephen Shrader

March 23, 2021 12:05 PM

Wayne Weidner, was my Medical Platoon Officer and later my Company Commander.  I have always respected his ability and knew of his compassion for his men.  Please accept my condolences.  What a great guy, leader and friend.  It has been many years since 1976, but I will always remember Capt. Weidner.  
Sincerely, Stephen F. Shrader, Box 277, Arcola, Il 61910, Spec-5, HHQ, 2/130

Peggy Huson

March 23, 2021 9:43 AM

I'm so sorry to learn of Wayne's passing. I only knew him from seeing him walking at Lincoln Square with Ralph, but I came to look forward to seeing him almost daily. He was always kind and cheerful. Please know that his family members are all in my prayers.

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