ATLANTA – Weldon B. “Cork” Cheek, 90, of Atlanta, Ill. passed away on Dec. 26, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 at the Atlanta Christian Church with Dr. L.C. Sutton officiating. Burial will follow at the Atlanta Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Monday at the church. Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta handled the arrangements.
Weldon Blaine Cheek was born July 3, 1928 in Atlanta the son of Walter and Garnet (Buss) Cheek. He married Billie Joan Baldwin on March 9, 1952 at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Ric Cheek and Kip (Debbie) Cheek; three grandsons, Cameron (Kate) Cheek, Coady (Ashley) Cheek and Chase (Allie) Cheek; three step-granddaughters, Tonia Summers, Becky (Ryan) Pelka and Kim Phalen; and two great-granddaughters, Charlotte and Isla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Sharon Cheek and Michael Cheek; and two sisters, Betty Horn and Shirley Thomen.
Weldon graduated from Atlanta High School in 1946. He served in the Korean Conflict from 1950 until 1952. Following his military service, he completed five years of plumbing schooling and retired from his business in 1995. In 1960, he became a member of the Atlanta Volunteer Fire Department, of which his father was one of the founders. In 1969, he was elected fire chief by members of the department and was re-elected to that post every year thereafter until 1978. In 1979, he was appointed as chief by the city council, retiring from the department in 1990. He served as Little League coach for many years and as Cubmaster of the Cub Scouts, Past Master of the American Legion, Past Master of the Atlanta Masonic Lodge, and Past President of Atlanta Rotary. He had also been a member of the Atlanta Library Board, the Abraham Lincoln Hospital Board of Trustees, the Logan County Sheriff’s Merit Board, the Atlanta City Council, the Bloomington Consistory and Peoria Shrine. He was also a member of the Atlanta Christian Church.
Memorials may be directed to the Atlanta Fire Department or Atlanta Rescue Squad.