Daniel "Dan" Weisman

May 9, 1931April 13, 2021

Daniel “Dan” Weisman 1931 - 2021

Dan passed away peacefully on April 13, 2021, on what would have been his 64th wedding anniversary with his love, Judy, who passed away a month earlier. Daniel Ruel Weisman was born May 9, 1931, in Springfield, Illinois, to Esther and Jack Weisman. Growing up on 4th Street, “Danny” enjoyed every minute of daylight outdoors with friends Dale, Bobby, Dick, Johnny, Byron, and others, playing baseball, football, and endless shenanigans that will go unmentioned. Weekends were spent fishing and playing tennis with his father and quiet times with his mother, a gifted painter.

Nicknamed, “Namsu”, Dan was a proud graduate of Springfield High School and Milliken University. Following college, he enlisted and served in the US Army and returned to Springfield in 1955 to begin his professional life in the insurance industry. It was during this time that he met Julia “Judy” Gard of Fancy Prairie. They were married on April 13, 1957, and began their life together, raising two daughters, becoming active in the community and Temple Israel, and nurturing friendships that lasted their entire lives. Dan was a consummate gentleman known for his easy laugh, abundant kindness, quick wit, and willingness to help others. He loved his family and treasured his friendships. He was a talented photographer and had a knack for playing any musical instrument. Until their final days together, Dan played the piano every afternoon for Judy, who responded with applause and cheers. Friendships were nurtured through hours of playing bridge, backgammon, tennis, golf, and on fly-fishing adventures.

Dan was highly respected in his roles as Senior Vice President at Horace Mann for Life Insurance Operations, Springfield, IL; Senior Management at Connecticut Mutual, Springfield, IL; and, Vice President of Marketing at Connecticut Mutual, Hartford, CT.

A dedicated community leader, Dan’s earliest volunteering was with the Big Brothers program which led to other youth and job mentoring opportunities, always bringing out the best in others. He later served on the Springfield Board of Education and enjoyed leadership positions in the Springfield Rotary Club and on the Security Bank Board of Directors. A highlight for Dan was serving as a volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Dan is survived by his dear sister, Eileen Paris of Springfield; daughters Lorie “Leah”, son-in-law, Eric Brunner, and precious granddaughter, Anna, of Philadelphia, PA; daughter Sally Weisman of Hartford, CT; brothers and sisters-in-laws Jim, Betty, Elynor, Chub, Elaine, and Chuck; cherished nieces and nephews; and adored loved ones, Sarah, Michelle, and Adam (Lisa) White of Connecticut. The family is eternally grateful for Dan and Judy’s caregivers, whose compassion, kindness, and humor made their final years at home wonderful.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, Springfield. A private burial service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery, co-officiated by Rabbi Barry Marks and Rabbi Arthur Stern. Memorials may be directed to support the Velasco Tennis Center, Springfield Parks Foundation at Please visit to offer condolences.


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Daniel "Dan" Weisman

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Aaron Schneider

April 16, 2021

Love to Lorie and S-A-L-L-Y.

Loved my Aunt Judy and Unkee Dan and I'm thikning of you and the good times I had in childhood with their two crazy fun daughters.

Have another photo for you but can't seem to reach you by text.


Tom O’Brien

April 16, 2021

Thanks for your good humor and generous friendship, Dan. They will your monument in our hearts and memory.
My favorite memory of you is that your tennis game was so good in high school, and you played so often on the courts at Washington Park, that Gov. Adlai Stevenson asked you to be his doubles partner. . . And once called your mom to ask if you were available to play - (she thought was a prank!).
I’m grateful to have been a witness to your life - and marriage - well lived.
Tom O’Brien

Tracey Harper

April 15, 2021

My deepest sympathies with the loss of Mr. and Mrs. Weismann. I have very fond memories of both of them from Washington Park tennis courts, and Springfield High School tennis matches. Your Dad always made me laugh. Wishing you peace in the days and months ahead. Tracey Stern Harper

Evelyn and Donald Yurdin

April 15, 2021

To the family of Dan and Judy, our deepest sympathy. We enjoyed their community spirit. Judy was a invaluable member of the Symphony Guild. Dan was always positive. They were good neighbors.

Greg Sgro

April 15, 2021

Dan was a good man, always ready with a smile. He and Judy were a staple of the community. I will miss them.

Michael Stannard

April 15, 2021

Dan and Judy were great neighbors. They always gave our two boys special bags of full size candy and treats for Halloween. They had them pose in their costumes for pictures. Dan took some fantastic pictures of our boys out in the yard as they were growing up that we had framed and still have up in our house today. Dan always had a smile and a kind word. They were a great couple. May their souls Rest In Peace.


April 15, 2021

I was blessed to know Dan through the Rotary Club of Springfield. He was one of the "elder statesmen" when I joined and I learned a lot just from sharing a meal on Monday evenings with him. Blessings and comfort to his family during this difficult time.

terry henrikson

April 15, 2021

Dan was a good man and friend. We worked together at Horace Mann and my life was better because of that. It was always a great experience for me to meet him and chat. He had a very caring and loving heart. He will be missed.