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William Weidenaar

William B. "Bill" Weidenaar

Thursday, July 29th, 1937 - Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
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Obituary

William B. "Bill" Weidenaar, age 83, US Army Veteran, beloved husband of 57 years to Suzanne, nee Mejeur. Loving father of David (Alexandria) Weidenaar, Jennifer (Ronald) Pruiksma and Rebecca (Michael) Cudecki. Cherished grandfather of David, Nick (Jenna), Matthew Weidenaar; Jake (Carolyn), Joshua Pruiksma; Ryan Shepherd, Lindsay and Rena Cudecki. Dearest great grandfather of Emery Weidenaar. Dear brother of Bernard (Marilyn) Weidenaar and Rev. Harry (Grace) Weidenaar. Fond brother-in-law and uncle of many. Bill was the senior managing partner of Ruff, Weidenaar and Reidy Law Firm.

Visitation Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 2-6 p.m. at Colonial Chapel 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.

A private funeral service will take place on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. A live-stream of the service will be available, please visit Bill's obituary on Colonial Chapel's website at colonialchapel.com.

Live-stream link for Bill's Funeral Service on November 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.



Interment private Chapel Hill Gardens South.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to:

Trinity Christian College (William B. & Suzanne Weidenaar Scholarship Fund)
6601 West College Drive
Palos Heights, Illinois 60463
Link to donate online:
Trinity Christian College Scholarship Gift

Evangelical Child & Family Agency
1530 N. Main Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Link to donate online:
Evangelical Child & Family Agency

Grace Community Christian Reformed Church
10415 S Kedvale Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Link to donate online:
Grace Community Christian Reformed Church


Bill joined the firm of of Ruff and Grotefeld in 1963. During the ensuing years, he served as an associate, partner, managing partner and of counsel. More importantly, Bill served as a mentor, role model and teacher to each of the firm’s attorneys. His razor sharp mind and superb legal abilities won him the admiration and respect of each of the firm’s lawyers and its many clients. Bill has left a lasting mark on the firm that can never be erased. In grateful appreciation, we thank him for all he has done for us and for the firm’s clients.

Education
• J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1962
• A.B., Calvin College, Philosophy and History, 1959
• Chicago Christian High School, 1955

Bar Admissions
• Illinois

Professional Organizations
• American Bar Association
• Illinois State Bar Association
• Chicago Bar Association

Professional Work and Civic Activities
• Board of Directors, Hoyne Savings Bank
• Chairman, Board of Directors, Hoyne Savings Bank
• Board of Trustees, Trinity Christian College
• Chairman of the Board, Board of Trustees, Trinity Christian College
• Board of Trustees, Christian Reformed Church in North American
• Chairman of the Board, Christian Reformed Church in North America
• Council, Grace Community Christian Reformed Church, Oak Lawn, IL
• Board of Directors, Evangelical Child and Family Agency
• Chairman, Board of Directors, Evangelical Child and Family Agency
• Founder, Barnabas Foundation, Christian Reformed Church in North America
• Board of Directors, Barnabas Foundation
• Chairman, Board of Directors, Barnabas Foundation

Personal Information
Bill was born on July 29, 1937, in Hammond, IN, and raised in the Chicago area.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Colonial Chapel
    Address
    15525 S. 73rd Ave.
    ORLAND PARK, IL 60462
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.
  • Service

    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Private at Colonial Chapel
    Address
    Notes
    A private funeral service will take place on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. A live-stream of the service will be available, please visit Bill's obituary on Colonial Chapel's website at colonialchapel.com. The live-stream link is placed in Bill's obituary above.
    Officiant
    Pastor Michael J. Kooy
  • Interment

    Location
    Burial Private at Chapel Hill Gardens South
    Address
    11333 S. Central Ave.
    OAK LAWN, IL 60453
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Affiliations

  • US Army

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Brad Weidenaar

Posted at 10:58am
Aunt Sue & Family, Sending our condolences at the passing of Uncle Bill. Kari and I were recounting some of our favorite memories of Uncle Bill. Among the best were all the name combinations from past Weidenaar ancestors he came up with and freely passed along to a pregnant Kari and I at Nicole and Al's wedding years ago. Very funny. And delivered with a twinkle in his eye. He had a wonderful wit and an equal amount of wisdom. Know that our prayers are with you and the family.
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Nicole Lind

Posted at 10:20am
Aunt Sue, Sending sincere condolences from our family upon the passing of Uncle Bill, as well as prayers for you and your family.
Al, Nicole, Sarah and Cate Lind
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Mimi Ruff Nolan

Posted at 04:20pm
Dear Sue and family, I was so saddened to hear about Bill's passing from my brother, Steve. What can I say about Bill that you do not already know? I remember my Dad talking about an interview they had with Bill as potentially working for R and G. He said, "We interviewed such a nice young man today. I think we are going to hire him!" From that day forth my Dad only spoke of his admiration and respect he had for this young attorney...bright, caring, faithful man.
We were all blessed by his presence, his sense of humor, love of life, family as well as his love of God.
Our shared Christian faith tells us that at death life does not end. It merely changes. The love we experience here on earth with our loved one carries continues.
Please know we will keep you in prayer as you adjust to a new reality. Your strong faith will sustain you. The same Jesus who supported you yesterday and today will continue in the days, weeks and years again. God bless all of you.
With sincere sympathy,
Mimi Ruff Nolan
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Nelva Homan

Posted at 12:45pm
With deepest sympathy to Sue, her children and spouses, and grandchildren. Condolences to our cousins Bernie and Harry John, your spouses and your families. We have fond memories of Bill, his sense of humor, his memory, and his gentle personality. Bill will greatly missed.
In Christ, Nelva and Reynold Homan
DF

Diane Carugati & your Timberline Knolls Family

Posted at 01:52pm
With heartfelt condolences,
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