James R. Weistart

  • Born: January 14, 1942
  • Died: October 10, 2015
  • Location: Rochester, Illinois

Lincoln Land Cremation Society

917 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Tel. (217) 523-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Richard Weistart died at his home in Rochester of bone cancer on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

James was born January 14, 1942, in Bloomington, the son of Frank and Verna (nee Barth) Weistart, and grew up in Minonk, IL.

He graduated high school as co-valedictorian, and subsequently earned undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Economics at the University of Chicago. He was a member of Mensa. While in Chicago, he served as part of a National Guard deployment protecting Dr. King during his civil rights march in Cicero, and worked for Public Aid on Chicago's South Side.

Moving to Springfield in 1973, James worked for the Illinois Department of Insurance for thirty years. He also obtained three master's degrees in Psychology, Operations Research, and Computer Science. Pastimes included motorcycle touring and raising prize winning garlic.

James was preceded in death by his brother, David, and a niece, Whitney. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rosemary; step-son Robert Pantages (Phoebe); granddaughters, Haven and Ever of San Diego; three brothers, Jerome (Jean) of Chillicothe, Barth of Phoenix, AZ, and John (Denise) of Raleigh, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

A family graveside service is planned in Minonk Cemetery.

Friends and neighbors are invited to drop by the family home between 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015. As James would want, the gathering will be informal.

Memorial contributions are not expected, but may be made to: Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield, IL 62702 or Memorial Home Hospice, 720 N. Bond St., Springfield, IL 62702, both of which have special significance for James.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Rosemary,
Condolences to your family. You are a precious lady. You are in my prayers for
your loss.

Posted by Jane Minor - Springfield, IL - Friend   May 17, 2016

Missing you very much

Posted by Rosemary Weistart - Rochester, IL - Spouse   October 23, 2015


Love you and miss your physical presence Dad. Have lots of great memories of the the things we did together.

Posted by Bob Pantages - San Diego, CA - Step-Son   October 22, 2015

Prayers for Jim's family. He was a very kind and gentle soul. A pleasure to work with at DOI.

Posted by Benita Longoria - IL   October 16, 2015

Rosemary and family, so sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by Sandy Frank - Springfield, IL   October 16, 2015

So sorry about Jim`s passing and Agnes and my prayers are with you, Rossie and the family. We were able to get together for lunch every few months and he seemed to enjoy our meeting in December so very, very much; he must have known. He was my mentor for years at the Department of Insurance where he couldn`t have been a more giving person of his time and talent.

Posted by Chuck Budinger - Springfield, IL   October 15, 2015

So sorry for your loss, Jim was a good man and will forever be missed.

Posted by Amy Parnell - Rochester, IL   October 15, 2015

Ryan and I send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jim's family. Jim was a wonderful neighbor. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Kate Gentry - Rochester, IL   October 14, 2015


My thoughts and prayers are with you. I agree with Kurt. Jim was a great boss! We did bump heads a couple of times but He lead us to accomplish anything & everything, even the impossible (there is always a way, you just have to find it)and we did. I thank him for that and teaching me many life lessons through my job. May God Bless!

Posted by Suzann Rhodes - Springfield, IL   October 14, 2015

I worked with Jim at the DOI. He had a great laugh and super talented and valued his friendship. Prayers for the family during this time of grief.

Posted by Dale Emerson - New Berlin, IL   October 14, 2015

Rose, you have my deepest condolences regarding the passing of Jim. I am very lucky to have worked for him for 20 years at Department of Insurance. With his leadership, he made our IT unit what I consider to be the best in State Government. .. kjw ..

Posted by Kurt Wellbaum - Springfield, IL   October 14, 2015