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Robert “Rich” Weidhuner

d. February 3, 2018

Robert “Rich” Weidhuner, age 84, of Jacksonville, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Lavender Ridge Nursing Home in Jacksonville.

He was born on January 24, 1934 in Petersburg, Illinois the son of William and Emma Mae Emmett Weidhuner.

Rich graduated from Petersburg Harris High School in 1952.  He served for the United State Navy from 1952 until 1956.  After serving for the US Navy, he worked for the Petersburg Observer and State Journal Register.

He is survived by sisters; Louetta (husband Robert) Collins of Kansas City, KS, Loretta Meyer of Mt. Juliet, TN; LaVerne (husband Fred) Markert of Tallula; and several nieces and nephews.

Rich is preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Mae Holler in 2009; and his parents in 1981.

He was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Petersburg.

A memorial service both Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weidhuner will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Petersburg.

Memorials can be given to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  1. To Rich’s family, I’m very sorry to hear about his passing. Rich was at The State Journal-Register while I worked there in sports (I continue to work there, although it’s not the same without some of the old gang). Rich was one of my favorites among the guys we called the “printers” who pasted up the pages each night. Always friendly and very helpful. A lot of fun memories with Rich and his cohorts on the second floor at the SJ-R. Again, my condolences to your family.

  2. Rich and I crossed paths at the JR in the mid 90s. You never forget kindness and Rich was kind and good humored both. Condolences to the family and a RIP, Rich.

  3. As a fellow printer and close workmate of Rich I would like to extend my condolences to his family. Both myself and my wife Carol shared some good times with Rich and Dee. He was a pleasure to work with and a hard worker. He is often spoke of at the retired printer monthly gathering. He will surely be missed. RIP Rich.

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