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    Kev and I spent much of our early lives together. Whitewater,Chute pond, Marquette games. Hours and hours of fishing at the same rotten places with the same old baits usually meant the same thing. Nothing. Most of the problem was we never took it seriously. We were to busy laughing, eating peanuts and curds, having a great time. By the time we were in our 20’s we lost touch with each other a little bit. The Sunday visits went away and we took our own paths.
    Wherever you are now learn some new fishing techniques and places and be ready to show me when its my time.
    Oh by the way. Forget Anderson Island and the sand bar. Both are big Zs.

  2. Ruth

    I had the true honor to meet Kevin at the end of June. I was struck by his humility, his faith, his love for his family and his authentic presence. My heart broke when he died. I feel eternally grateful that we were able to share space together – it felt as if we both grew through our sharing and presence. My prayers are with you all.

  3. Cathy Fabich

    When I die and they lay me to rest
    Gonna go to the place that’s the best
    When I lay me down to die
    Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
    Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
    That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
    When I die and they lay me to rest
    Gonna go to the place that’s the best
    Prepare yourself you know it’s a must
    Gotta have a friend in Jesus
    So you know that when you die
    He’s gonna recommend you
    To the spirit in the sky
    Gonna recommend you
    To the spirit in the sky
    That’s where you’re gonna go when you die
    When you die and they lay you to rest
    You’re gonna go to the place that’s the best
    Never been a sinner I never sinned
    I got a friend in Jesus
    So you know that when I die
    He’s gonna set me up with
    The spirit in the sky
    Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky
    That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
    When I die and they lay me to rest
    I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best
    Go to the place that’s the best

  4. Ryan Martinez

    My Uncle Kevin was one of the most decent persons I’ve ever met. My memories of him will always be him trying to fish with me (I was way too impatient), summers in Whitewater, talking about wrestling, reading the Shepherd Express, and our playful banter over college basketball. He will be very much missed.

  5. Laura White

    It has been my honor and privilege to know Kevin for so many years and to call him my Brother in Law. He had such a calm demeanor, and a great sense of humor. I remember him turning a prank I played on him and my Sister Jeanne, Kevins wife, around to his favor. I replaced their name on their doorbell from The Weingarts to The Coneheads. Well Kevin and Jeanne completely went with it and made wreaths and as they were entertaining a few friends at their house, proceeded to do the Conehead ritual of the mating ring toss. (oh Baby!) He had such a light heart, and was a complete joy to be around. Anyone who knew Kevin, knew of his deep love for fishing. He is the only person I knew that had an aquarium with no fish, just so he could play with his lures, Bless him. He Loved his 3 girls. Kelly, Katy and Lauren more than anything else in the world. I will miss that big smile. Forever in our hearts and our loving memories.

  6. Don Warren

    Kevin is someone I knew for about 5 years. His brother, Bob, was one year ahead of me at Greendale High School, so when Earl Lemke and I were assigned to friendship Shzon this was a pleasant surprise. Kevin was always a very easy going guy to meet but busy in his own way. He found a very good wife in Shzon and they were very compatible. Being from a different faith, Kevin and I were not joined in our visits to Shzon, so I didn’t get to know him well, but always wanted to. He was a fine person from all of our contacts. Our relationship will not end after his departure happened, and he will soon know why. He was a sleeping giant in more than one way. 🙂

    My condolences to all who related to him. He is on a new journey and will be waiting to meet again with all who knew him.

                    Don Warren

  7. tim delaney

    Kevin was my cousin, my very best friend, and I consider myself fortunate to have spent most of my life with him.
    I recall all the Sundays we spent at our grandparents house, filled with family, trying to konk unsuspecting family members with crayons through a vent in the floor, laughing ourselves silly. Kevin and I spent a lot of time fishing the lakes and streams in Wisconsin. And while most of our trips ended with us catching little more than a "bottle bass" or two, we always had a grand time. Our grandparents owned a rustic cabin in northern Wisconsin where we spent many a summer. Fishing, catching frogs and turtles, swimming, boat rides. My late father, who was terrified of snakes, allowed Kevin and my brother Dan to terrorize him an entire weekend with a dead garter snake. All in great fun, dad would pretend to be scared and chase the guys around for their antics. Several years ago, I flew Kevin and his mom out to Arizona where we had a great time. We drove up to my home in the mountains where we fished for trout (this time catching several) , sat by the campfire and recollected our childhood experiences together.
    Kevin and I would never leave common telephone voice messages for each other. It was always us trying to disguise our voices and saying something like "This is the Oconto County police department looking for Kevin "Hatchem Crappies" Weingart". "We’d like to discuss your use of illegal snagging and explosives on Chute Pond" . I’m fortunate enough to have saved a few or his messages to listen to forever.
    I’m going to miss my great friend. Kevin was such a gentle soul. His three beautiful daughters loved him to pieces, and we all got a chance to visit together in April of this year when Jeanne drove him down to Prescott, AZ for a week.
    One of my last conversations with him centered around the thoughts that when he got to heaven he’d search out some prime trout streams for us. I asked him to have a rod and reel ready for me at the pearly gates with his ever-present smile saying "C’mon, I’ve found a hot spot".
    I try to not use the word "never". I know in my heart that Kevin and I will see each other again. I prefer to say "so long" . So long Kev. It’s been a great run. I’ll catch you on the other side.
    Tim Delaney

  8. Joy

    I have had the pleasure of seeing the depth of the love that each family member has for one another. Not only have I heard the many wonderful stories about the kindness, compassion, and strength that your father demonstrated for those around him, I have seen this demonstrated by each of his daughters. It has been inspiring to see how your incredible family has come together to love and support one another in this difficult time. Our sincere condolences for your loss.
    Joy & Joe

  9. Barbie

    My heart goes out to Lauren Katy & Kelly. I never knew your dad but know what that loss is like. May your pain be filled with good memories.

  10. Abby Collins

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting your father, but I have had the pleasure of becoming great friends with one of the beautiful daughters he raised. Thinking of the whole family during this time. Sending love to all and especially my dear Katy.

  11. Sonia

    In the few yet meaningful interactions I had with Kevin over the last year, it became abundantly clear to me what a kind and gentle man he was and even more clear to be , in having known his daughters for years, that he imparted this on them. They are his legacy and I take comfort in knowing Kevin will continue to exist in Kelly, Katy, Lauren and in their children; in how they all make the world a kinder place in their actions, presence and words. Love you all so much and thinking of you during this difficult time.

  12. Lynne

    Dear Katy, Kelly and Lauren,
    I know you will always treasure the beautiful memories of your father. The trip Your Mom and Jack orchestrated for him to see all of you was beyond beautiful. Your dad got to see all of you and his precious granddaughters, even I will always remember that get together. You truly are an amazing family in so many ways. We are blessed to have Katy as part of the Karimi clan and her caring sisters. Our sincerest condolences.
    Lynne and Assad

  13. Tom & Wally McBurney

    Although we lost touch over the years, Kevin and his family were the best nextdoor neighbors we ever had. Our sincerest condolences for your loss.

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