OBITUARY

John Fennelly Wiegand

April 24, 1961August 9, 2019

John Fennelly Wiegand, age 58, of Kennesaw, Georgia passed away on Friday August 9, 2019. John was born April 24, 1961.

John is survived by his wife, Lourdes Wiegand; son Maxwell Wiegand; daughter Stephanie Wiegand; and daughter Kristen Wiegand; brother James and his wife Sharon Wiegand and brother Michael and his wife Julie Wiegand; grandchildren Brianna, Leah, and Luna.

John served our country honorably for 27 years in US Army and retired after obtaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was a member of the Vietnam Veteran’s of America, Chapter #229 of Quad cities. Even though retired, John's patriotism for our great country had never faded. He was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Catherine of Siena in Kennesaw, GA. John was a sports fan, especially football, and loved classic cars.

A funeral mass for John will be held Friday, August 16, 2019, 10:30 am at St Catherine of Siena, with Deacon Paul Martin officiating, 1618 Ben King Rd NW, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144. A burial will occur at Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Lourdes Wiegand, Wife
  • Maxwell Wiegand, Son
  • Stephanie Wiegand, Daughter
  • Kristen Wiegand, Daughter
  • James and his wife Sharon Wiegand, Brother
  • Michael and his wife Julie Wiegand, Brother
  • Brianna, Leah, and Luna, Grandchildren

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 16, 2019

Memories

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Jim Peters

August 16, 2019

Today was a tough day as we laid to rest a man I was proud to claim as my friend. John truly was a leader of people. He had an infectious personality and when he engaged a room of people, everyone listed. John was a caring person. Today I heard nothing except stories that demonstrated John's kindness. He took great pride in supporting his family and helping them grow. As evidenced by the lengths that folks traveled to pay their respects, John was loved. His commitment to our country was inspirational (side note to John, I like Fox News too but there are other stations!). RIP my friend.

JOHN FENNELLY

August 14, 2019

My deepest sympathy to cousin John's family. As most of the memories ahead of me attest, John was as charismatic a person as there was. Cousin Kim hit the nail on the head. He was infectious. If he was in the room you knew it. John will be missed by all.

Curtis Burcham

August 14, 2019

I worked with john at TLD. The first time we met was at a driver's meeting in tupelo ms. He instantly took over the room with his booming voice..us drivers looked at each other like it was a first day at basic training. All that aside he was a cool guy. He knew his job and was always willing to talk to you on the phone and help you any way he could. He will be missed by many. Prayers for his family and loved ones.

Greg Jackson

August 14, 2019

In 2002 John and I were in the same unit that went to Afghanistan. We developed a fast friendship that has lasted over the last seventeen years. From the start, he was a total character always with a funny comment or story. In a place full of misery and death John was always upbeat. He was a true leader that cared about Soldiers and was ready to take on any mission. I have so many memories of his stories and all of them funny. To anyone that knew him, they knew how much he loved his family. He would always talk about them and you could see in his eyes how much he cared. The world is going to be a duller and sadder place without him. My friend, I’ll miss you but Slapnu I’ll see you again and once again we can swap stories and laugh. God Speed Soldier, you’ve completed your mission.

Mitch Truckenbrod

August 14, 2019

I met John on the school bus going to our first day of 5th grade. We had an instant connection and proceeded to become lifelong friends. The wiegands became my second family with Rita regarding me as his guardian angel. He was my bodyguard as I was small and he was strong from growing up with 3 older brothers. We raised all the hell parents dread, but never got caught. Went to Vegas in our 20s on his military discount, they poured us off the plane, it only got better from there! He is my best bud and now my guardian angel. Love You Bro.

Mario Chavez

August 14, 2019

I first me John in Ft Clayton, Panama when I was assigned as the Company training/ orderly room NCOIC when he walked into our unit dayroom. We just had a Change of Command for our sister unit and he walked in looking for the company commander. I asked him what he needed and he stated he wanted to see the Commander and that he was going to be the new Commander for our unit. As this was an Ordnance unit and he was a Quartermaster officer I told him there was no way he was going to be our new commander. I talked a lot of smack to him during this first meeting and after finding out about 30 minutes later that he was, in fact, going to be my boss I felt about an inch hi and for a minute it was very awkward. John didn't hold a grudge and the next time I saw him it was like nothing had ever happened. We became friends and went fishing many times in the Panama Canal but when I started getting too cocky he would remind me of our first meeting. John was a great leader and helped every soldier in the unit.
John will be missed by many. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. John this old soldier salutes you!!

Melinda Gathers

August 14, 2019

I worked with John at TLD for several years, but knew him through business contacts prior to that. John was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. He was dedicated to his career, his company, and to his wonderful family. John was a true patriot, and I thoroughly enjoyed knowing him and working with him. He will certainly be sorely missed by everyone. Rest in peace, John.

Shank Davidson

August 14, 2019

I had the honor of working with John. The first time we met he asked if I served and after I said yes, the friendship was off and running. John was one of the best leaders and mentors I have ever been around. He would always make a room bright the second he walked in along with making sure everyone knew the mission. RIP John. We will miss the stories and friendship you provided.

Kim Fennelly Kauk

August 14, 2019

John was the true meaning of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
He always greeted you with a smile and a HUGE hug. His infectious personality was always a staple at family functions. He provided a great service to his country and was always the FUN cousin to us all. There are generations of Grandpa & Grandma Fennelly's legacy all over the US that have arms reached out and around his family in Georgia. He will be so missed.

Cousin Kim
Tom & Esther Fennelly Family

Donna Runyon

August 14, 2019

I met John two years ago we had dated for a couple of years he was,a joy to be around had a heart,as big as the world..he loved his girls so much and grand children so very much...he talked about them always..he got me started watching fox news ..man loved fox news.He cared for the people he knew.My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends....John is at peace now. I know he will be missed by all.

FROM THE FAMILY