Owen “Pete” C. Weyant

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Owen “Pete” Charles Weyant, 78, of New Vienna, died Monday, May 1, 2023.

Visitation and a short service was held Friday, May. 5, at Morris Funeral Home in Guttenberg. A Busch Light Social immediately followed the visitation at the Eagles Club in Guttenberg.

Owen was born on Dec. 20, 1944, to Russell and Ila (Moser) Weyant in Elkader. The second oldest of six siblings, he spent his early years on the family farm. In 1965 he was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam as a radio operator until 1967. Upon returning to home, he worked for a local logging company until he started work at Janlin Plastics in Dubuque. He worked there for approximately five years until the company was sold. Pete then moved and was employed by the Ertl Toy Company (and sister company Scale Models) in Dyersville where he worked for over 20 years when he then moved over to Cascade Die Mold. Pete was on the leading edge of the plastics injector molding business and was well versed in the set-up and repair of injection molding machines. In 1973, Pete lost his leg in an industrial accident and had a prosthetic leg for 50 years, but it never slowed him down. Pete always enjoyed washing the cars, keeping a well-cut lawn, and was always up to ‘shoot the bull and have a beer’ anytime someone happened to stop by in town. Pete always enjoyed spending time with his family, attending band functions and sporting events for his two kids and then his five grandkids. The last few years he’s enjoyed seeing his six great-grandchildren, having friends stop by to ‘shoot the bull’ or play some dice at his small apartment in New Vienna. Pete wasn’t flashy and didn’t like to bother people for anything, but he’ll be missed dearly by many friends and family.

He is survived by his daughter, Patty of Texas; his son, Scott (Michelle) Weyant of Illinois; his five grandkids, Brandon, Karissa, Devon (Alia), Hunter and Cooper; his six great-grandkids, Alaina, Evelyn, Khale, Jayden, Zion and Santana; sisters, Barb, Judy, Lori and brother Tom, all of Guttenberg and dear friend, Jeanette Dryer of Worthington, along with numerous cousins and nieces and nephews from Iowa to Texas to California. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jane Hefel; niece, Courtney Eglseder; brother-in-laws, Bob Herman and Greg Hefel, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Weyant.

We would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their help and support.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion of your choice in Pete’s honor. 

Information is available at Memorials may be sent to Morris Funeral Home (in care of the deceased), 207 S. First St., Guttenberg, IA 52052.

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