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“Dear Rosemary,Condolences to your family. You are a precious lady. You are in my prayers foryour loss. Jane ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Jane Minor - Springfield, IL

“Missing you very much ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Rosemary Weistart - Rochester, IL

“Love you and miss your physical presence Dad. Have lots of great memories of the the things we did together. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Pantages - San Diego, CA

“Prayers for Jim's family. He was a very kind and gentle soul. A pleasure to work with at DOI. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Benita Longoria - IL

“Rosemary and family, so sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Sandy Frank - Springfield, IL

“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...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Chuck Budinger - Springfield, IL

“So sorry for your loss, Jim was a good man and will forever be missed. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Amy Parnell - Rochester, IL

“Ryan and I send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jim's family. Jim was a wonderful neighbor. He will be greatly missed. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kate Gentry - Rochester, IL

“Rose,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...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Suzann Rhodes - Springfield, IL

“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. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Dale Emerson - New Berlin, IL

“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. ...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Kurt Wellbaum - Springfield, IL


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.