Michael Wiemelt, age 73, of Quincy, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Blessing Hospital. He was born on October 13, 1946 in Quincy, the son of Joseph and Bengta (Bell) Wiemelt. He married Marcia Hutson on October 17, 1970. She survives.
He graduated from Quincy High School in 1964, then served in the Navy from 1966 to 1968. He was on the flight deck of the USS Forrestal as a fire fighter on July 29, 1967 when a bomb exploded that started the fire that took the lives of 129 of his fellow sailors. He donated newspaper clippings and video recordings about the tragedy to the museum at the Illinois Veterans Home. Following discharge, he worked as a machinist at Gardner-Denver for 45 years prior to his retirement.
In addition to his wife, Marcia, survivors include his mother, Bengta Wiemelt of Quincy; two children, Michelle Pflibsen and her husband Mike of Port Richey, FL and Bill Wiemelt of Quincy; two grandchildren, Summer and Ella Wiemelt of Quincy; one sister, Cheryl Spielbauer and her husband, Mark of Quincy; three brothers, Kirby Wiemelt and his wife, Janice of Quincy, Tony Wiemelt of Decatur, IL and Jeff Wiemelt and his wife Allison of Mandeville, LA.
He was preceded in death by his father and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Wiemelt.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 12:00 noon in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Interment in Quincy Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Monday morning from 11:00 – 12:00 noon in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
- Thinking of you and remembering the Gardner Denver years.
- Dear Family - I am sorry for your loss - I wish you peace
- Mike and I worked together at Gardner Denver. So sorry for your loss.