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Philip Leo Weyna, age 89, died in his home in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on May 20, 2021, after a long illness.
Phil met the love of his life, Marion Klos, in 1951. They were married in 1954, and enjoyed a marriage that lasted more than 66 years. Phil is survived by his loving wife, Marion, and their four children: daughters Terry (Fred White), Peg Godfrey (Larry), and Ruth Nightengale (Eric), and son Paul (Beth). Phil is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as his brother Jack (Kathy). and was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Grace. Phil believed that having a family was what life was all about, and was an involved and caring father who was deeply loved by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His children remember with fondness their Wednesday night wrestling matches, traveling all over the United States on family vacations, and Phil’s encouragement in all their endeavors.
He was a 1954 graduate of Loyola University (Chicago), earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1958. Dr. Weyna spent his entire career at Morton International, beginning as a chemist at a laboratory in Woodstock, Illinois, where he obtained several patents, before being promoted to the corporate offices in Chicago, where he served as the Director of Development, and was ultimately promoted to the post of Vice President in the chemistry division. Dr. Weyna retired in 1993.
Phil was a devoted parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for more than 60 years. He served in many roles, including acting as a Eucharistic Minister, teaching Sunday school, heading up a right-to-life group, serving as the lead in various fundraising activities, and as the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Phil also served his community in various ways, including as a member of the inaugural Board of Directors of the Raue Center for the Arts. Phil was also a key member of McHenry County Right to Life, chairing numerous committees and undertaking numerous fundraising projects over the years. He followed politics avidly, was a stalwart Cubs fan throughout his life, and loved gardening. For a number of years following his retirement, he wintered in Naples, Florida, where he enjoyed golfing and hosting friends and family. His large circles of friends in both Naples and Crystal Lake enjoyed his intelligence, his wit, his kindness and his ready smile.
Visitation will be at Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, 419 E Terra Cotta Ave (Rt. 176) Crystal Lake on Thursday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m. Funeral Mass will follow at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Crystal Lake Memorial Park. Flowers can be sent to Davenport Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.