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John R. Wealer

January 17, 1947 — September 23, 2020

HANNIBAL - John R. Wealer, age 73, of Mexico, Mo., formerly of Hannibal passed away at 8:18 am Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Monday, September 28, 2020, at Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal. Full military honors will be provided by the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post 55.

Visitation celebrating the life of John will be at 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Waters Funeral Home of Vandalia.

John was born on January 17, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Victor and Ruth (Larson) Wealer.

Survivors include his five children, Liz (Tim) Loudis of Springfield, MO, Adam (Sara) Wealer of Cincinnati, OH, Matt (Camilla) Wealer of Quincy, IL, Joel (Jennifer) Wealer of Owings, MD and John Wealer of Tulsa, OK; three brothers, Mike (Debbie) Wealer, Dave (Marcia) Wealer and Keith (Lisa) Wealer; one sister, Daryl Wealer; thirteen grandchildren, Jack, Calvin, Margaret, Beatrice, Thomas, Richy, Justin, Robert, Jacquelynn, Josie, Jamison, Christian and Max; one great granddaughter, Robbie; special friends, Frank and Donna Salter and many loved, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, James Wealer and one sister, Debbie Wealer.

John graduated from Proviso West High School in Hillside, IL in 1964. He honorably served our country in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1972, being stationed at the United States Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, CA.

John worked as general contractor and then as a resident inspector for an engineering firm in Hannibal.  He then went on to work for the City of Hannibal as the Building Inspector.  At the time of his death he owned a medical transportation business in Mexico, MO. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, in care of Waters Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on John memorial page at

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Monday, September 28, 2020

9:00 - 10:30 am (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, September 28, 2020

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Smith Funeral Home and Chapel

South St, Hannibal, MO 63401

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