William Joseph Wieck, 76 of Etter, Texas passed away surrounded by those he loved on Monday October 1, 2018 Through his battle with cancer his faith remained steadfast and his spirit unbroken. Arrangements are with Morrison Funeral Home. The Rosary will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 o’clock in the evening. The Funeral Mass will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Dumas on Thursday October 4, 2018 at 10 o’clock in the morning. Interment will follow in Northlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Morrison Funeral Directors.
William Joseph Wieck was born on October 22, 1941 in Umbarger, Texas to Joseph and Viola Wieck. He enlisted into the US Army upon his high school graduation in 1960. Willie met the love of his life, Mildred Meyer, growing up in Umbarger and the two were married in April of 1962. They have been inseparable ever since. Together they moved from Umbarger to the Moore County area in 1971 where they raised their three children and farmed a wide variety of crops.
Willie did everything in life full-heartedly and farming was no exception to that. He was an outstanding steward of the land and he shared his God-given ability with so many others. In doing so, he received many great honors through the years. In 1983 he was named Moore County Farmer/Rancher of the year. In 1985 he was awarded the FFA and 4H Top Hand Award, as well as the FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer. Willie was named Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture for Moore County in 2000, and in 2002 he was bestowed with the Region 1 Conservation Award. He farmed everything, but it was his famous white sweet corn that we know him by, that earned him Farm & Ranch Magazine’s Award as Texas' Best in Sweet Corn in 1995. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 02808. Willie & Mildred Square Danced with 3 Different clubs for years when the children were younger. With a servant’s heart and nurturing personality like his, it is no surprise that he served as a board member for numerous organizations including: Holly Sugar Growers, Sunray Co-Op, Saint Mary’s Church in Umbarger and Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Dumas. He also delivered Meals on Wheels 3 Days a week.
All the awards and honors are shadowed in comparison to his wonderfully kind spirit and compassion for others. Willie had the ability to make everyone he encountered feel like an old friend and he always had a story to tell or a lesson to teach. He was full of wisdom when it came to anything related to faith, family or farming. Even in his last days he wanted his family to know that two things you must do in life are, “Love yourself and love the Lord.”
The community will greatly miss this noble man along with his witty remarks and ability to turn the negative into the positive. As Willie used to say, "We don't guarantee the corn is worm free, but the worm you get is free!"
Willie’s love for people truly all began with family. He enjoyed few things in life more than surrounding himself with his children, grandchildren, but especially his young great grandchildren. Some things that ranked up there with family as his favorites were eating Oreos and really any sweets baked by Mildred, raising chickens and guineas, reading up on the latest agriculture news and just having time to sit and visit with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his, parents, grandparents and maternal grandparents.
Willie will be so dearly missed by his wife, Mildred, as well as his three children Becky Wieck of Dumas, TX, Sue and Rod Eitel of Scott City, KS, and Gary and Deana Wieck of Dumas, TX. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Logan Flower of Stockton, KS (wife Courtney, son Cole and daughter due in October), Shandie Wild of Midland, TX (husband Seth, daughter Saylor, son Swade and another baby due in January), Shaylie Almendarez of Canyon, TX (husband Cody), Sidney Grider of Amarillo, TX (husband Alex and daughter Ellie), Jamie Flower of Scott City, KS (son Coy), Saidee Wieck of Dumas, TX (daughter Hadley), Reid Flower of Scott City, KS and Sadler Wieck of Dumas, TX. Two sisters Bonnie Toothacker of Amarillo (Husband Bob), Dorothy Wieck of Golden, CO. (husband Tom Evans), One Brother Steve Wieck of McKinney, TX (wife Lynn) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to either Catholic Family Services or Meals on Wheels in Dumas.
Condolences and Blessings go out to the Weick family in their time of loss !
Dudley CainAmarillo, TX
The Panhandle has lost a great man, may God Bless and keep Willie and his family.
GLENN A RAEFAmarillo, TX
It was an honor to have known Willie all those years and doing business with him. He had the best white sweet corn! He will be missed!
Travis and Ashton Macias
Stanley and Cara Dawn Macias
The Mack Macias FamilyCanadian, TX
Willie will be sorely missed. He was a good man who lived his family. Prayers for all of you. Praying for God’s comfort in your time of loss.
Chella (Herndon) DavisMonroe, NY
What a loss for everyone who ever met Willie, especially Mildred and family. Nothing was better than eating their sweet corn with fish and calf fries and listening to the stories. We will miss him sorely. Our deepest condolences to all the family.
Mike and Reyna EverettLubbock, TX
Dear Wieck Family,
Never meta man I liked more. Our paths didn’t cross a lot but during all our years farming up at Etter and eating at El Rancho, I always enjoyed seeing Willie. He was a good guy and I know your family will carry his memory with you always.
Sincere Sympathy to you all
Claudia and Dave McMurry
Dave McMurryAmarillo, TX
Prayers for all he left behind. He was always so friendly and nice upon meeting, usually always at something surrounding church and Mass and family celebration. THe Lord certainly welcomes him into The eternal Kingdom!
Mark and Janie bannerHereford, TX
How Willie will be missed. What a wonderful role model he was for everyone. Our loss is his gain. God be with us. Prayers for all.
Sharon WilliamsAmarillo, TX
A great man of faith and any time you saw him he always had a smile on his face. May God comfort his family
Mildred and children,
I feel for you in this time of loss of a special part of your life. Wow, we have fond memories of those little ones learning to walk, running in and out of those squares. Now, their little ones are grown and have little ones; mine even has grandchildren which makes me great Nana. Where did it go. Grieve-as-you must; not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent. Treasure those memories, from experience of sixteen years they become more precious as time goes on. Let your family keep you going. Cancer can do a lot but never take those away. May God bless you each and every one. Jackie and family
Jackie R. SheldonStillwater, OK
Thanks for the memories Willie! I figured out as a young man that if my Dad asked someone for direction or advice, that it meant they were the best at what they did. You sir, were certainly in that category. Always smiling, always laughing, always humble. Wish I could come see you again. My hat’s off to you.
Kelly WilliamsOdessa, TX
Willie was a very special man in so many ways, love for farming, family and the love of sharing what he loved doing with others. We will miss him dearly and our thoughts and prayers are with the family to give you peace and comfort. God Bless you!!
Chad and Mary Ann ElySunray, TX
Willie was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. He had a permanent smile and such a pleasant personality that he shared without reserve. We feel blessed to have been his pot-handle relatives.
Ann & Hershel KimeHurst, TX
I will always remember Uncle Willie as a man who lived what he did and loved to make people smile. He would take us out into his fields in his beat up truck and talk about the land like he knew every dirt clod personally . Every time I see a field of anything I will think about him and smile knowing that he would have a story to share that would make me laugh. Then he’d say something about the rain or cost of pumping water and laugh. He will be missed. Thinking about you guys up there.
Joe WieckAustin, TX
I want to express my affection and admiration to all the wick clan. Becky Gary and your mother. Willy was one of my best friends. We often spoke about kids in FFA, the football team, how much rain we did or didn’t get, and how he loved all the kids coming to the pumpkin patch. He was truly a Renaissance man. He cared about so much more than just the daylight in front of him. He will be deeply missed. My prayers are with all of your family. God keep you and bless you!!!
Mike FunkDumas, TX
It was a great honor and privilege to know and care for Willie. May God bless his family and wrap His comforting arms around them.
Diana HensonAmarillo, TX
Willie was so special--one of a kind! We will really miss his laughter & good nature. Life in the farming community will sure have a missing link.
Bobby & Linda WilliamsDumas., TX
A great man! May God comfort the family during this time.
Mary SidersLevelland, TX