Jack Edgren Weigle, MD

May 23, 1939 ~
January 7, 2021

Jack Weigle, age 81, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, departed his earthly home to enter his heavenly home on January 7, 2021, following an eight-week battle with Covid-19. Jack was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated from Brentwood High School in 1957, Washington University in 1961, and the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1965. Jack came to Michigan to do a one-year internship at Butterworth Hospital where he met the love of his life, Barbara Damstra, whom he married in 1966. Jack also fell in love with West Michigan and decided to continue his career at Butterworth. Following his three-year residency, he was in the U.S. Army, stationed in New Jersey for two years. He finished his military service as a Major and returned to Grandville, Michigan, where he practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology. During his thirty-five-year career, he delivered almost 8,000 babies and was Chief of OB-GYN at Butterworth from 1992-1996. Jack was a pillar of his community and a strong foundation for his family. A long-time member of Beverly Reformed Church, Jack was a man of faith who was guided by his Christian principles. His wisdom and kindness made those around him feel comfortable and valued. Jack was very involved in his community, serving on the Grandville School Board for twelve years. He and Barbara have supported Civic Theater since 1972 and became avid Grand Rapids Griffins fans, holding the same season tickets since the inaugural 1997 season. Jack enjoyed travelling, golfing at Sunnybrook Country Club, and spending time at their cottage in Holland on Lake Michigan - walking the beach, watching sunsets, and enjoying lake life with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara; his three children and nine grandchildren: Matthew and Jill Weigle (Noah and Nick), Rebecca and Brent Van Blois (Luke, Seth, Ross, and Kyle), Chad and Chelsie Weigle (Katie, Johanna, and Hunter). He is also survived by his brother, Don Weigle; sister, Nancy (Edward) Knarr; sister-in-law, Marcia (Larry) Lubbert; and twelve nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Woodhaven Reformed Church, 3959 68th St. SW, Byron Center. A memorial service honoring Jack’s life will also be held at Woodhaven at 4 p.m. Saturday. Masks and social distancing practices will be observed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Civic Theater.

The service will be live streamed and can be viewed via this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEZhmbbR33A

Saturday, January 16
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Woodhaven Reformed Church
3959 68th St. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

Saturday, January 16

Woodhaven Reformed Church
3959 68th St. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

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January 16, 2021 5:25pm
Jack was one of my many attending mentors during my Ob/Gyn residency at Butterworth from 1989-1993. Later, he was a colleague and a friend. Some years ago, Jack allowed my partners and I to share his office space in Grandville before we developed a site of our own. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with him in his office, and the occasions after his retirement when my wife Lori and I would run into he and Barb (usually at the Frederik Meijer Garden Christmas party!). My son (a nurse tech at Blodgett), helped care for Jack one day recently, and Jack of course sent a kind "hello" to me, despite his struggles. Jack was alway kind and calm, and I will miss his wry smile and dry sense of humor. Deepest sympathies to Barb and the whole family from Lori and I - Andy Van Slooten

- Andrew Van Slooten

January 16, 2021 4:59pm
My wife Denny and I are saddened by the loss of Jack. I enjoyed seeing him at the hospital (although we both probably wished it wasn't so often at night on call), but even more enjoyed seeing him on the golf course.

- Fred Rohn

January 16, 2021 4:17pm
With deepest sympathy, we send our condolences to Barb and all of her family. We were so sorry to hear of Jack's death. Our shared residency experiences and the many years of medical practice left us with many fond memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time in the loss of one so dearly loved by so many. With deepest sympathy, Jack and Lija

- Dr. Jack and Lija Romence

January 16, 2021 10:34am
Jack was a great doc, and a quietly effective leader who was a model for all of us who served with him. A life well lived. My condolences. -John Stevenson MD

- John Stevenson

January 13, 2021 4:40pm
Weigle family, sorry to hear of your husband, father, and grandfather’s passing. He was my doctor and delivered all four of our children. I am very thankful to have had such a kind and caring doctor. Praying for the family as you walk this path, may you all feel and know our heavenly Father’s comfort. Carla Pearson

- Carla

January 11, 2021 6:52pm
We are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of jack! My husband and I have the pleasure of sitting in the same section as him and Barb at Griffins games for the past 6 yrs. Once games resume Section 116 just will not be the same without him there. Prayer to Barb and the rest of the family. Doug and Brandi O’Leary

- Brandi OLeary

January 11, 2021 6:09pm
I first met Dr Weigle as a med student in the 1970s. He guided me thru my first delivery here with great patience. It was my privilege to work with him as a resident, then as a colleague until his retirement. I'll miss his friendship and valuable mentoring. And his great sense of humor. Not long after I went into practice here, he procured a piglet and arranged to have 2 other OBs deliver it to my house as a welcoming gift to my animal-loving wife. Joan and I extend our heartfelt condolences for your loss.

- Rob Roberts

January 11, 2021 3:33pm
To Barb, Matt, Rebecca and family. I was saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. It was my honor and pleasure to know and help take care of Jack over the years. Please accept my sincere condolences. Bob Kobiela

- Bob Kobiela

January 10, 2021 6:24pm
Weigle family, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Dr. Weigle. He was my doctor for over 20 years and delivered my son. His calm demeanor and caring heart made him a wonderful doctor and an incredible person. He has left behind a legacy not only with his loving family but with all of the babies he brought into this world. He shared the most joyous occasion in many people's lives. Please know we share in your sorrow and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you journey through this loss. Sincerely, Kathy Slagel

- Kathy Slagel

January 09, 2021 6:36pm
Dr. Weigle delivered 2 of my children and he was a great doctor. Our son and daughter in law, Shawn and Cheri Hulst, have been keeping me informed. My deepest sympathy to you and all your famiy.t

- Cheryl DeGroot

January 09, 2021 6:29pm
In the time we have had Griffins season tickets, it has been a privilege to get to know your family and see how much you all love each other. It was easy to see that the love started at the top. My heart breaks for you all. I will miss Jack and the chats we had. God bless you all with comfort.

- Alice Salmon

January 09, 2021 12:35pm
My sympathy to the family. I was a nurse in the Butterworth ED for 25 years. I knew Dr Weigle and also his son, Matt. A very nice man and doctor.

- Marty Osborn

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