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Ward Wendell Weldon
April 05, 2013


Ward Wendell Weldon, 77, passed away Feb. 12, 2013, in Chicago, Ill., as a result of a stroke. He was a professor in the college of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago, teaching there for 44 years and up to the last day of his life.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1935, in Oakland, Calif., moved to Pisgah at the age of six and then to Warrensburg, Mo., one year later, where he lived until beginning college. He attended Graceland College in Lamoni, the University of Kansas, the University of Iowa, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in public relations from the University of Iowa, an MBA from Northwestern University and his PhD in Philosophy of Education from Northwestern University. His expertise was in the areas of school finance and administration. He loved to work outside the United States and served as an educational consultant in every continent of the globe except Australia and Antartica.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalynne Weldon of Mount Vernon; children, Mark Weldon and wife Kim Benesh of Mount Vernon, Elizabeth Usselmann and husband Gary Usselmann of Breese, Ill., and John Weldon of Mount Vernon; and nine grandchildren, Madeline Wilson, Emma Weldon, Martin Benesh, Antonio Cabrerra, Jillian Usselmann, Blake Usselmann, Lydia Benesh, Charles Weldon and Logan Weldon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lillian Weldon, of Warensburg, Mo.; his brother, Clair Weldon, and sister-in-law, Jesse Weldon of Independence, Mo.; his brother, Lynn Weldon of Alamosa Colo.; his niece, Dawn Weldon Beye of Independence, Mo.; and his niece, Kim Weldon of Evanston, Ill.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church in Coralville. Visitation will precede the funeral service at the church from 2 to 4 p.m.

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