|David T. Wiant|
|Date Of Birth:||July 12, 1926|
|Date Of Death:||July 5, 2012|
|Service Date:||Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front Street, Bloomington, with the Rev. Vaughn Hoffman officiating.
Visitation will be on Monday, July 9, 2012 4 -7 p.m. at Kibler-Brady- Ruestman Memorial Home
David T. Wiant
Normal-David Telfer Wiant, 85,
Normal, died at 10:59 a.m. Thursday (July 5, 2012) at his home,
surrounded by family.
His funeral will be on Tuesday,
July 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 502
E. Front Street, Bloomington, with the Rev. Vaughn Hoffman
officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, July 9, 2012 between 4
p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, 1104
North Main Street, Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to the
Illinois State University Foundation in care of the Dave and Jo
Wiant Endowed Scholarship, Mennonite College of Nursing, Campus Box
3060, Normal, Illinois 61790. Contributions may also be made to the
Advocate Hospice in memory of David T. Wiant, 1322 South Main,
Suite A, Normal, Illinois 61761.
He was born July 12, 1926, in
Monett, Missouri, the son of Dennis Emerson Wiant and Margaret Ruth
Telfer Wiant. He married Joan Marie Goff on June 5, 1948, in East
Lansing, Michigan. She survives.
Also surviving are one sister,
Margaret Ann Bramble (Max); four children, Michael Wiant,
Petersburg, Illinois, Chris Wiant (Cindy), Englewood, Colorado;
Susan Crabb (Michael), Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Eric Wiant (Mary),
Springfield, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Timothy Crabb (Sandi),
Michael Crabb (Marie), Alexander Crabb (Sheesh), Jenn Crawford
(Scott), Nicholas Crabb (Meghan), Jeff Wiant (Shawna), Sarah Wiant,
David Wiant, and Pepper Barney; five great grandchildren; and two
Dave was in the U. S. Army from
1944 to 1947 in the Pacific Theater, where he received the American
Defense, Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation
citation, and the Philippine Independence citation. He attended
Michigan State University and graduated from Western Michigan
University in 1952.
He was on the staff of the
University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Navy Pier, Chicago
and the Urbana/Champaign campus before moving to Illinois State
Normal University in March 1958, as the first Director of
Personnel. Dave became the Assistant to the Executive Director of
the Board of Governors from 1967 to 1974, when he returned to ISU.
It was with particular pride that he was involved in the
establishment of the Mennonite School of Nursing at ISU. He retired
from ISU in September 1986 as Assistant Vice President for
Administrative Services and Director of Personnel.
Following his retirement he worked
for several years as Legislative Liaison for the State Universities
Retirement System in Springfield and Washington, D.C.
He received the Stretch Miller and
E. Burton Mercier Service awards at ISU, and he was cited in 2002
as the recipient of the fourth annual Illinois State University
Annuitants Achievement Award for outstanding service. In 2010, he
was recognized as the Town of Normal Citizen of the Year, and in
2012 he received the Senator John W. Maitland Jr. Commitment to
Education Award at ISU.
He also did some consulting and
teaching at the Tuskegee Institute in the late 1950s and early
1960s where he learned of the Booker T. Washington's philosophy:
"No man who has the privilege of rendering service to his fellows,
ever makes a sacrifice." Dave lived by that philosophy for the
remainder of his life.
He was a member of the Young Men's
Club, The College Alumni Club, Normal Rotary Club, and he completed
the Walk to Emmaus in 2003 through his affiliation with the
Peridido Bay United Methodist Church in Florida, where he and Joan wintered after his
Online condolences may be sent to
the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.