Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Norman Carl Viehweg, 95, of Mt. Olive, Ill., died at Heritage Health in Gillespie on Thursday, March 24. Norman was born on Nov. 15, 1926, the first-born child of Carl and Clara Viehweg.

He attended Mt. Olive School, and then went to work for his father who owned and operated Sunshine Dairy. He was later employed as a custodian by Hano Corporation in Mt. Olive. While there, he earned the nickname “Ram-rod.” He retired from Hano after working 26 years. Norman also enjoyed mowing lawns. He was contracted by the city of Mt. Olive to mow the city park. He took great pride in keeping the park looking its best. Norman's real passion was detailing cars. He enjoyed this so much that he entered his own car in car shows and won several trophies. Norman also belonged to a CB Club. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive.

Norman is survived by his nephews, Michael (Marilyn) Viehweg, Edward (Debbie) Viehweg both of Mt Olive, and John Viehweg of Hawaii; a niece, Cathy (Vincent) Johnston of St. Paul, Minn.; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; and three great-great nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond and Otto; and great-nephews, Adam and Jacob.

Visitation will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive from 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor James Ritter officiating. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church and Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive is in charge of arrangements.

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