Gregory “Greg” John Wiesner, age 63, of Concordia, KS, died peacefully on Friday, July 22, 2022 surrounded by loving family at his home in Concordia.
He was born on April 26, 1959 in Hays, KS to Marvin Rudolph & Josephine Martina (Pfeifer) Wiesner. He met his high school sweetheart, Kim, at the Drive-In shortly before graduating from Concordia High School in 1977.
He married Kimberely “Kim” Briggs on April 28, 1979 and built a life they loved. They had fun living the young married life before welcoming Danielle JoAnn in 1985 and David John in 1990. Greg and Kim were always willing to jump in and lend a hand where there was a need, whether it be their kids, family, friends, or even random strangers. Their marriage and parenting epitomized having a Servant’s Heart. They were a team and best friends until the end. Greg lived by God’s Golden Rule and was known for saying simply, “It’s what we do.”
An avid craftsman, Greg, along with his father and brothers, created Wiesner Brothers in 1977. He then owned and operated Greg Wiesner Construction for over 40 years. He loved hiring kids throughout the area for summer jobs and made a huge impact on many young lives. Their motto was “We Build Value” and Greg prided himself on his dedication to building quality around the community.
Greg loved to spend time with his family and friends at their trailer at Lovewell Lake and at his shop for ‘Thursday Shop Night’. Greg enjoyed working on and rebuilding cars with his friends. He loved going to swap meets with the boys to find old car parts and they even built a one-of-a-kind rat rod. He enjoyed regular trips to go skiing in Colorado and was a long time member of the Skiyota Ski Club. He also loved family time with his kids but was most proud to be a papa to his grandchildren! From swimming with Lizzy, having fun at the lake with Charlotte, sharing special rocks with Asher, to singing songs to baby Kate, he adored spending time with them.
Greg was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2017 and courageously battled “lewy” taking over his mind and body. With his wife by his side, he was able to continue to provide value in his community by cleaning up the downtown and using his favorite Milwaukee blower. He was known in later years for his sweet baby songs and his quality dishwashing abilities. He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends who were always entertained by his ear wiggling and ornery smile.
His conviction, paired with kindness, is a quality greatly needed in this world. The impact Greg made in lives will continue to ripple through the water for generations to come.
He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Cloud County Ducks Unlimited, Jaycees, Optimist Club, Concordia Country Club, original member of Jimmy’s Hot Rod Shop, a founding member of Twin Coves Investment Club, a founding member of the Community Foundation for Cloud County, and an enthusiastic member of Skiyota Ski Club.
He is survived by his wife, Kim, Concordia; daughter, Danielle & Josh Freeborn, Concordia; son, David Wiesner, Concordia; grandchildren, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Asher & Katelyn; his mother, Josephine Wiesner, Concordia; Siblings: Jean & Lonnie Bachand, Concordia, Robert & Dawn Wiesner, Dallas, Texas; Jerry & Joan Wiesner, Concordia; Brian & Linda Wiesner, Oviedo, Florida; and Annie & Dennis Bergmann, Concordia, brothers-in-law, Michael D. Hillman, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Michael & Kelly Briggs, Hercules, California, sister-in-law Vicki & Andy Roche, Junction City; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends that made his life full.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin; sisters, Ellen Wiesner, and Ruth Hillman, and parents-in-law, Max and Betty Briggs.
It was Greg’s wishes to be cremated and a Celebration of Life Service and a Memorial Mass will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia. Family burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Friday, August 5, 2022 from 1-8pm with a Rosary at 6:00pm and family greeting friends after the rosary all at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia. The family suggests memorials to Meadowlark Hospice in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.chaputbuoy.com.