Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Matthew W Weikert

Jacksonville, Illinois

July 17, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
29 Army Sgt

1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 Killed in Paktika province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

From the Jacksonville Journal-Courier 07/23/10:

JACKSONVILLE - Staff Sergeant Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville was mortally wounded on Saturday, July 17, 2010, while serving with the U.S. Army near Orgun, Afghanistan.

He was born May 15, 1981 in Sioux City, IA, the son of Richard W. "Dick" and Susan B. Kiel Weikert.

He is survived by his parents of Jacksonville; a son, Jayse Schaecher Weikert of South Jacksonville; two sisters, Meghan Weikert and Melissa Weikert, both of Jacksonville; the mother of his son, Megan Schaecher of South Jacksonville; his girlfriend, Danica Schild of Greenfield; his maternal grandparents, Rev. Wesley and Nell Kiel of Holland, MI; his paternal grandparents, Richard A. "Dick" and Virginia Weikert of Sioux City, IA; five aunts and uncles, Cathy Dartman of Creighton, NE, Kim Weikert-Moner of Georgetown, MA, Steven Kiel (wife, Sheryl) of Longview, WA, Sheryl Mallehan (husband, Dave) of Holland, MI, and Scott Kiel (wife, Cathy) of Bloomington; and numerous cousins.

Matthew was a member of the Jacksonville High School Class of 2000, a former member of the JHS soccer team, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in August of 2001 serving three tours in Iraq over four years. He later joined the U.S. Army serving with the 101st Airborne completing a tour in Iraq and was currently deployed in Afghanistan. As a military team leader, Matt was adamant that his personal mission was to properly prepare the soldiers under his command and keep them safe from harm.

In his spare time, Matt enjoyed hunting pheasant with his grandfather, playing golf with his family and friends, and spending time with his son, Jayse.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Buchanan and Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial and military honors at Liberty Cemetery, west of Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the Weikert Education Fund at Jacksonville Savings Bank.

Friends are invited to share memories online at www.buchanancody.com. 

From the Jacksonville Journal-Register www.sj-r.com 07/24/10:

Jacksonville residents line streets to honor fallen soldier
By JOHN REYNOLDS (john.reynolds@sj-r.com)
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Posted Jul 24, 2010 @ 01:12 PM Last update Jul 24, 2010 @ 03:39 PM
JACKSONVILLE – Linda Schwartz had her American flag with her today as she waited at Jacksonville’s Community Park for the procession carrying the body of Staff Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert.

Weikert, a 29-year-old Jacksonville High School graduate serving with the Army’s 101 Airborne Division, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last week. His body arrived in Springfield this morning, and was then transported to Jacksonville.

The procession, which included police and the Illinois Patriot Guard, arrived in Jacksonville around 11 a.m. As the line of vehicles passed Community Park, the more than 100 people gathered where silent.

Schwartz, who has a nephew serving in the military, said she heard about Weikert’s death Friday, and wanted to come out and show her support.

“I would have canceled anything I had planned today to be here,” Schwartz said. “I feel like we need to pay respect to our military. They are fighting for our freedom. We need to be supporting them 100 percent.”

Signs expressing support for the troops and condolences for the Weikert family were prominent in Jacksonville this morning.

In addition to the people at Community Park, there were also people gathered across the street.

Kathy Thomson, one of the people at the park, said that everyone in town should have turned out for Weikert’s return.

“He gave his life for all of us. I didn’t know him personally, but I feel for his family,” Thomson said.

Funeral services for Weikert will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial with military honors will be at Liberty Cemetery, west of Jacksonville.

From the Sioux City Journal siouxcityjournal.com 02/01/11:

SIOUX CITY -- SSG Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville, Ill., formerly of Sioux City, was mortally wounded on Saturday, July 17, 2010, while serving with the U.S. Army near Orgun, Afghanistan.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Buchanan and Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, west of Jacksonville, with military rites. The family will meet friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends are invited to share memories online at buchanancody.com.

He was born May 15, 1981, in Sioux City, the son of Richard W. "Dick" and Susan B. (Kiel) Weikert. Matthew was a member of the Jacksonville High School Class of 2000, a former member of the JHS soccer team. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in August 2001, serving three tours in Iraq over four years. He later joined the U.S. Army, serving with the 101st Airborne. He completed a tour in Iraq and was currently deployed in Afghanistan. As a military team leader, Matt was adamant that his personal mission was to properly prepare the soldiers under his command and keep them safe from harm. In his spare time, Matt enjoyed hunting pheasant with his grandfather, playing golf with his family and friends and spending time with his son, Jayse.

He is survived by his parents of Jacksonville; a son, Jayse Schaecher Weikert of South Jacksonville, Ill.; two sisters, Meghan Weikert and Melissa Weikert, both of Jacksonville; the mother of his son, Megan Schaecher of South Jacksonville; his girlfriend, Danica Schild of Greenfield, Ill.; his maternal grandparents, the. Rev. Wesley and Nell Kiel of Holland, Mich.; his paternal grandparents, Richard A. "Dick" and Virginia Weikert of Sioux City; five aunts and uncles, Cathy Dartman of Creighton, Neb., Kim Weikert-Moner of Georgetown, Mass., Steven Kiel (wife, Sheryl) of Longview, Wash., Sheryl Mallehan (husband, Dave) of Holland, Mich., and Scott Kiel (wife, Cathy) of Bloomington, Ill.; and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the Weikert Education Fund at Jacksonville Savings Bank.

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