Visitation and Funeral Service Celebrating Albert’s Life
Friday Morning, January 20, 2023
Visitation from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Service Begins at 11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church
250 West Decatur Street
North Fork Cemetery
First Lutheran Church
AMELCA Food Bank c/o First Lutheran Church
Albert William Weidlich of Decatur was greeted by God on January 13, 2023.
A Visitation and Funeral Service celebrating Albert’s life will be held Friday morning, January 20, 2023. Visitation from 9:30 – 11:00 AM. Service at 11:00 am at First Lutheran Church (250 West Decatur St, Decatur, IL). Tanzyus and Logan Funeral Service and Care in in charge of the arrangements. Graveside service at North Fork Cemetery. Memorials to First Lutheran Church of Decatur, 250 W. Decatur, 62522 or AMELCA Food Bank c/o First Lutheran Church.
He was born in Chicago in September of 1929 to parents William Weidlich and Emma Weidlich. He married Judith Linnea Holmgren in August of 1953. He is survived by his loving children and their spouses: Ruth (Dale) Nihiser, Beth (Jack) Roegner, Jonathan (Shawn Smith) Weidlich, Mary (Michael) Wolf, and Sara (Gregory) Nave. He is also greatly missed by his grandchildren and their spouses: Kelsey (Rudy) Zucker, Christopher Nihiser, William Roegner, Jeffrey Roegner, Kaitlin (Jeff) Jones, Dylan (Katherine Howard-Weidlich) Weidlich, Lukas Wolf, Rebecca Wolf, Cary (Rebecca) Nave, and Graham Nave, as well as great-grandchildren Henry Zucker, Kendra Howard-Weidlich, Owen Howard-Weidlich, and Brooks Nave. He and Judith were foster parents to more than 20 infants.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Judith, and his brothers and sisters.
Albert graduated from Augustana College and Seminary where he met his wife Judith. He served God and others for nearly 70 years as a Lutheran minister, and was known to many as Pastor Al. He touched the lives of thousands of people during his long career in the ministry and established or grew Lutheran churches in Michigan and Illinois. He was Pastor Emeritus of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Decatur, and after retirement served as visitation pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington and as an interim pastor in churches throughout central Illinois.
He also put his faith into action and shared his compassion as a fire chaplain, volunteer firefighter, member of the Decatur Human Relations Commission, and Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol.
His impact on victims of fires and disasters spread beyond his local community. Through the Federation of Fire Chaplains, he helped fire departments across the country begin or expand fire chaplaincy programs. He served as President of the national organization and was also Chaplain of the Illinois Firefighters’ Association.
Al was generous, supporting numerous organizations, churches, and individuals. To further serve his community, he worked as an elections judge, as a Santa Claus, and as a substitute school bus driver. He volunteered at both Decatur Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital.
He always loved learning and after retirement enjoyed taking classes at Richland Community College as well as professional development classes.
He traveled throughout the world both as a minister and for pleasure, including trips to India, Russia, China, Africa, East Germany, Cuba, and the Holy Lands.
Most importantly, he cared for his family and showed them how to love and serve others.
Clergy attending the funeral service are invited to vest.
Please sign the family guestbook.