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.