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Keith Alan Wiemelt

Keith Alan Wiemelt

Keith Alan Wiemelt, age 42, of Quincy IL was unexpectedly called home with Jesus on Monday evening July 18, 2022 when he was in a fatal car accident.
Keith was born on November 19, 1979 to Kirby and Janice (Leatherman) Wiemelt in Quincy, IL. Keith was a 1997 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School. Keith earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Education and Fine Arts from QU in 2001.
Keith married Bonnie C. Zanger, daughter of Michael A. and Linda (Reno) Zanger on November 14, 2009 at St. Francis Solanus Church in Quincy, IL. She and their three children, Emmett, Belle, and Gideon Wiemelt survive. Keith is survived by both of his parents and his grandmother, Bengta 'Bink' Wiemelt all of Quincy along with his sister Jennifer Ulam and her husband David of Geneseo, IL. Keith is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and Godchildren.
Keith was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Joseph G. Wiemelt, uncle Michael K. Wiemelt, maternal grandparents Eugene and Ruth Leatherman.
In his younger years, Keith worked for over a decade at the Plaza restaurant. Most recently, Keith was employed as a locksmith for A-1 Security and Lock Service. Most of Keith's professional life was devoted to music. He was the Band Director of the Quincy Park Band. He also continued his private music lesson tutoring. In the past, Keith has served as the JWCC Band Director, QND High School Band Director and technology instructor, Quincy PMO Band Director, Mark Twain High School Band Director, Nauvoo-Colussa Music Teacher, Education and Fine Arts Director at the Salvation Army in Quincy, Salvation Army Band Director, and started a Youth Brass Band at the Salvation Army.
Keith was an active member in many organizations in Quincy and the surrounding area. Keith was a member of St. Francis Solanus Parish. He was a lector, an usher, a member of the Holy Name Association, and most recently served on the Parish Picnic Committee. Keith has been a member of the Quincy Park Band for years before becoming the Band director even as far back as high school when he would help set up the Showmobile with the park district before park band shows. Keith has played with the Heidelberg German Band for close to 20 years. Keith is a founding member of the 12th St. Brass Quintet and has played with the group for 20 years. Keith played in the Big River Swing Machine. Keith has been a Cub Scout leader and was the Cub Scoutmaster for Pack 22 in Quincy, IL. Keith was an active scout and earned his Eagle Scout Award. Keith participated in an Honor Flight with his father and had also played music for the returning veterans from their Honor Flights. Keith played with the Nauvoo Bagpipe Band, the local Band on a Bus, for the Muddy River Opera, and for the Quincy Community Theater productions. Keith was a recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award and the Joe Bonansinga Music Award.
Keith was a hands-on, hard-working, humble, helpful, and responsible family man who was loved by so many. Keith always wore a big bright smile and had a positive outlook. Keith's passions included his faith, his family, music, and service. Keith was a man of faith and was active in his church community. Keith loved his wife Bonnie and their children. His love of his family led many of the decisions in his life. Keith loved music – teaching it and performing it. Keith was a "can-do" kind of guy. He was always willing to lend a hand and volunteered in countless ways in his community.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the community and those who thought so highly of Keith for all of the support, prayers, kind words, food, and donations. We are humbled by your outpouring of love.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Solanus Church at 10 am. on Saturday, July 23, 2022. A visitation will be held the night before from 4-7 pm. on Friday, July 22, 2022 at St. Francis Solanus Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Keith's children in the care of Bonnie. Messages may be shared online at www.dukerandhaugh.com

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From:
Justin Haubrich
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Keith was a hardworking and dedicated man, and inspired those qualities in others. I pray for peace for Bonnie and the kids, and know that Keith's passion and memory will live on not only in Quincy's music and Catholic communities, but the lives of those he touched forever.
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Patty Bauer
Quincy, IL
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Bonnie and family so sorry to hear this. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave and Patty
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Kent and Karen Kanauss
Center, MO
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Bonnie and kids, we love and miss Keith and are holding all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
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Juliet Bichsel
Quincy, IL
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Mark and I and our entire family are so sad at the loss of Keith. We enjoyed the Park Band bi-weekly with our entire family. Keith also taught our son Joshua Trumpet lessons. Bonnie, you always set behind us in the park watching over your kids as they played and supporting Keith. I have no words good enough to express my sympathy to you and those sweet kids. Know that the whole community is here to support your family and that Keith will be looking after you from above. God bless you and May Keith rest in peace in Heaven.
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Brendan Nelson
Quincy, IL
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Keith was one of the shining spots of my high school career. He was a good person and a treasured friend of many and a massive inspiration to musicians in the community. He will be missed dearly.
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Susie O'Quinn
Quincy, IL
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Bonnie, words cannot express how sorry I am. Keith meant so much to my daughter Katie and our family. He was a wonderful influence in her life. She will always have a passion for music because of him.
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Carolyn Carpenter
Quincy, IL
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I had the extreme pleasure of working with Keith when he was the Arts & Education Coordinator at The Salvation Army/Kroc Center. I truly enjoyed getting to work with Keith. His smile was always ear to ear and his kindness was bigger than he was. My heart is broken knowing he is gone from this earth - but it smiles knowing he knew his Lord and Savior and that he served HIM in so many ways. Praying for comfort, strength, and guidance for all who loved Keith. I know the days ahead are going to be hard. Please know you are being prayed for.
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Mary and Paul Ridder
Quincy, IL
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A shock to hear of Keith's passing. It is never expected of someone so young. "Nice" is an understated word to describe Keith. "Generous" of time, effort, energy and talent is better. "Kind" is yet another.
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LINDA K WILLING
Quincy, IL
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We are so sorry about this entire family's loss. Keith was a special guy. We send our love and prayers to all of you. Dave and Linda Willing and family.
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Jenny garner
Monticello, MO
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Lana Anderson
Quincy, IL
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Bonnie and family, prayers and condolences to you all. What a great guy and caring person he was. I will miss him terribly at the music events we shared in Quincy. Peace to all of you!
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Becky White
Palmyra, MO
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Keith was a very special person and will be missed by so many people.
I met him while I was teaching and I always appreciated his friendship.
He was a wonderful musician.
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Rita Walker
Rock Island, IL
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My condolences to his family and friends. You are all in my prayers.
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Dale and Jenny Hilgenbrinck
Quincy, IL
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Jan, Kirby and family. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. He was such a sweet, kind and gentle soul who touched so many lives. May God wrap his arms around Keith and we pray for your family at this time. God Bless !
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Chris Horman
Quincy, IL
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So sorry for your loss, may Gods love comfort you during this difficult time
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Larry & Patti Veile
Nebo, IL
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Sympathies to Jan & Kirby and the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He sounds like an incredible young man.
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Peg Ratliff
Griggsville, IL
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Keith worked at Camp Callahan for a summer, and he was fantastic. His energy and empathy were incredible, and he was so loving toward our special campers. Having Keith on staff that year was a true blessing to them and to the staff.
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Jean M Murray
Quincy, IL
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Keith was so happy and comfortable at the last QPB concert on Sunday evening - even to call a hi out to his son as he passed the stage. I will remember his kindness to all and his love for family and music. I am so sorry.
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Tammy & John Rupp & Family
Quincy, IL
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Sympathy to all.
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Tammy & John Rupp
Quincy, IL, IL
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As QND Band Parents John & I got to know Keith & Bonnie pretty well. As chaperones for the Band trips these two Kept the students & Adults in line. Both are so full of energy, love, excitement, & compassion. Our family truly hopes God heals your hearts & will keep his memories alive. We will always remember Keith in our prayers.
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chuck groce
alexander, IL
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Thanks to Keith for all the wonderful music he brought to our community. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
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Peggy Litt and Brad Shaffer
Quincy, IL
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Our sincerest heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. There is just no explaining a tragedy like this. I'm so sorry we can't be there to give the hugs that all of you need right now. Prayers for comfort and peace in the wonderful memories he left behind.
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Deacon Wayne Zimmerman
Quincy, IL
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Met Keith many years ago when my son joined St John's Troop 1 BSA. Keith was one of the more senior scouts and was kind and welcoming. Keith was a good boy then who grew to be a good man. He will be missed by many.
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Sharon Thompson
Sun City, AZ
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Sending love and prayers from your Arizona family. Keith made a difference in so many by sharing the gifts God blessed him with. Well done good and faithful servant. May his legacy continue through his family and grant them comfort and peace. Love Sharon and Jim
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Trent and Amy Hollinger
Canton, MO
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Keith was such an important person to the entire arts community in the Quincy area. It has been wonderful working alongside him, performing with him and under his direction. Our family prays that God can be a comfort and rock for you during this challenging time. Keith will be missed. God Bless you and your family Bonnie.
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Kelly Patrick
Carthage, IL
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Many prayers for his family and friends. I had the privilege of working with Keith at Nauvoo-Colusa. My students absolutely loved going to his music class and we were sad to see him leave after one year. After reading about his life, it is evident how much he loved his family and his community. May God provide you strength during this difficult time and in the days ahead.
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Belinda Cullo
Quincy, IL
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Bonnie, I was so very saddened to hear this and my heart goes out to you, your children, and all those who loved Keith. While I didn’t know him very well, I knew what a force he was in our community and what a great loss he will be. Hugs to you all.
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Judy Steers
BARRY, IL
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We are so sorry for your loss, Bonnie & kids. After working with Keith in both public and private school systems, all the previous accolades mentioned are true, times 10. I cannot imagine the loss you are feeling right now, but please know that the Quincy community and the extended Music community are feeling that loss also. May God bless you as you heal.
Bob & Judy Steers
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Maureen Edwards
Avondale, AZ
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My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I can see he touched so many. May God Bless you and provide you strength.
From:
Deborah and Dennis Powell
Quincy, IL
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We are so sorry for your loss! Prayers for peace and comfort.
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Dan & Pam Sherman
Quincy, IL
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Due to illness we were unable to celebrate Keith’s life with you and your family at the services. However, we want Bonnie and his family to know how saddened we are at his loss. Keith was one of a kind, always helping others, no matter what the task was at hand. He respected everyone and no job was too small to tackle. He was an exemplary PMO music student who grew to lead that program as well as so many others in the schools and in the community. Losing Keith affected every level of the Quincy community, and his legacy has forever left a mark on each of us. We send love and condolences.