Sylvester A. “Sonny” Weires

Sylvester A. “Sonny” Weires

Sylvester A. “Sonny” Weires, 78, of Dubuque and Floral City, Florida, passed away Tuesday, January, 15, 2019, from complications of Alzheimer’s, at Vitas Healthcare, Lecanto, FL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January, 24, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, where there will be a parish wake service held at 7:30 p.m.

Sonny was born on June 26, 1940, in Waterloo, IA, son of Otto M. and Clara (Thimmisch) Weires.

Sonny graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959. He married Donna M. Jentz on February 13, 1960, and they were inseparable until the end. Sonny worked at various jobs prior to starting at John Deere in 1963. He retired from John Deere in 1993. Sonny was an accomplished musician, taking up guitar in his 20’s. He played lead guitar and sang in various country bands at many events and nightclubs. He dabbled with other instruments as well and inspired all of his children, several grandchildren and Donna to learn to play music too. He was an avid archer, deer hunter, and a long-time active member of the Dubuque Field Archers. He boated with family and friends for decades on the Mississippi. He taught many people to ski, pulling them with his well-known green Starcraft. He insisted anyone could learn. In his “free time” he was busy restoring and painting cars at the family home he built, with the help of friends and family at Mud Lake. He enjoyed classic car shows and was a member of the Dubuque Antique Car Club. Sonny was a life-long Christian and born-again at age 45. He lived his Christian faith, attending church weekly, studying the bible often and treating all with kindness.

He is survived by

his wife of 58 years,
Donna Weires;

his three sons,
Randy (Brenda Faris) Weires,
Rodney (Kimberly) Weires
and Rick (Karen) Weires;

his daughter,
Kim (Kevin) Discher;

11 grandchildren,
Russ, Roger, Jake, Julie, Natalie, Becca, Andrea, Jessica, Katie, Dylan and Brooke;

10 great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Otto Weires;

his sisters,
Loretta Paar
and Betty (Leo) Stepflug;

his brother-in-law,
Kenny (Pat) Jentz;

and his sisters-in-law,
Helene (Jack) Bennett
and Darlene Chapman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Delores Kester and Mary Grobstick; and his brothers-in-law, Ronny Jentz, Clarence Jentz, Roger Jentz, Dick Paar and Gary Chapman.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Sonny’s favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
January 24th, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Funeral Service

Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church
2215 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
January 25th, 2019 at 10:30 AM

11 condolences for Sylvester A. “Sonny” Weires
  1. Laura & Bob Madigan says:

    Sonny & Donna were a real asset to our music community down here in Florida. He will be missed. Our sincerest condolences for those he left behind.

  2. Tom Roseliep says:

    Family of Sonny…

    I am sorry to hear about Sonny’s death. My sympathy to
    all his family.
    Sonny and I grew up together in the northend.
    God bless..

  3. Greg Kittle says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the entire Weires family. Sonny’s lived a life full of meaning and purpose, as evidenced by his amazing legacy; his children an grandchildren.

    Well done, good and faithful servant!

  4. Tom Vassios (Deb Bennett’s husband) says:

    So glad I had the chance to meet Sonny and get to know him if only briefly. I will always remember his smile and friendly demeanor. So glad he knows the Lord Jesus! Looking forward to that great reunion one day soon😊

  5. Carol Lowe says:

    I will miss creating music with this talented man. See you when I get there Sonny

  6. Jerry & Jacque Schenke says:

    Donna & family- we were very sorry to see that Sonny had passed- our thoughts & prayers are with you all. God Bless

  7. Stephan George says:

    As I grew up in Waterloo, Sonny was a cousin I always looked forward to visiting from Dubuque. He brought along his twinkling smile and sense of mischief. He and Uncle Albert Weires (source of Sonny’s middle name, I believe) were closer than any other two. Both were full of laughter and joy. They would incessantly and good-naturedly tease their sister and aunt, my mother, Marie. I will miss him dearly but hold, close to my heart, all the memories he gave me.

  8. Patti Duster says:

    Donna and family, So sorry to hear of Sonnys passing.He always had
    a smile oh his face.

  9. Jim Bradley says:

    Rodney and Kim, Our deepest sympathy and condolences on your Fathers passing. We are out of town or we would attend.
    Jim and Jane Bradley

  10. Shirley Black says:

    We had many good times when Sonny played in the band with Bill Elliot. Sending my sympathy to your family.

  11. Linda Washburn says:

    Donna and family,
    You have our sincere sympathy on Sonny’s passing. I always remember the good times we had as kids growing up together with the Weires family living next door. Sonny was a great guy.
    Linda (Welu) Washburn and Dave

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