Charles G. Weidemann

Charles (Chuck) G. Weidemann, 78, of Vermillion, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Chuck was born on May 2, 1932 in Belleville, IL to Charles A. and Lorine (Hargraves) Weidemann.  He served in the United States Navy for four years and served in the Korean War.  He was married to Marti Fedorchak on July 17, 1954.

He has lived in many different places during his life.  He spent 4 1/2 years in Australia, working as a lab director at the University of Australia, and also as a plant manager in Queensland.  He was a sales engineer in Pennsylvania, a plant manager in North Carolina, and a property manager in Spearfish.  He has also lived in Florida and Ohio before moving to Vermillion in 1997, where he spent the rest of his life.  Chuck was also a passionate artist.  He studied with famous artists Frank Schoonover and N.C. Wyeth.  He loved to paint and was continually creating something new.  He showed and sold his work at exhibits and galleries in Sioux Falls and Sioux City, IA, and all over the region.  He entered his paintings in various competitions including the Duck Stamp Contest, and has won several prizes.  He was happy to be able to share his love of art by teaching classes for Adult Education.

Chuck was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion, where he once served as a Junior Warden, and a council member of the Washington Street Arts Center.  He was a member of a poker club, where friends would have fun betting for nickels and dimes.

He is survived by his wife, Marti Weidemann of Vermillion; daughters Michaelene Preheim and Laurie (Gary) Girard, both of Vermillion; son Thomas (Becca) Weidemann of Elkridge, MD; grandchildren Seth Phillips of Vermillion, Emily Preheim, also of Vermillion, and Adam Weidemann of Elkridge, MD; sister-in-law Pat Javorski of DE; niece Connie Johnson of IL, nephews Duane Weidemann of MD and Phil Weidemann of IL and Christopher Javorski of DE.

Preceding him in death were his brother Herman, sister Norvella, and parents Charles and Lorine.

A Celebration of Life was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, with a visitation preceding the service from 1 to 2 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to the Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St, Vermillion, SD, 57069, or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 10 Linden Ave., Vermillion, SD 57069.

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