Harold G. (Harry) Weingardt, 88, passed peacefully from this earth in his home after spending the afternoon surrounded by his wife, sons and grandchildren. Born in Hays, Kansas and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Harry graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School, as he liked to say, "only because the nuns liked me." He was catcher on the baseball team, point guard on basketball team, quarterback of the football team, and maintained a lifelong love of all sports rarely missing a game when his children or grandchildren were playing. In school he met his future wife Mary who, of course, was the head cheerleader. They married in 1950. After high school Harry served one tour in the US Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bairoko and was called back into service for a second tour during the Korean War.
Harry was a devoted Catholic, Husband, Father, and Grandfather. He was also a successful lifelong entrepreneur buying his first business, a Shell Service Station in Indianapolis. In 1964, Harry and Mary moved their three young sons to Albuquerque where two more sons were born into the family. Here they opened, owned and operated Albuquerque's original Burger Chef Restaurants and later The American Sandwich Shops with business partner and lifelong friend Kenny Walker. Harry was proud of having taught hundreds of young men and women the value, responsibility and rewards of hard work. He ended his career with a successful business selling and servicing fitness equipment.
Harry was preceded in death by his six siblings and beautiful baby daughter Bonnie Kay who died of childhood lymphoma in 1956. He is survived by Mary his loving wife of 68 years, their five sons Harry, Alan, Jay, Kent and Kirk, and eight grandchildren, Jeff, Kelly, Ashley, Kendall, Alison, Collin, Karin, and Elyse. Harry now walks in heaven hand in hand with Bonnie keeping an eye on his family left behind.
A funeral mass will be said on September 28, 2018 at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Indianapolis. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery next to his daughter Bonnie Kay. Harry was a lifelong supporter of St. Jude Children’s Charities and will appreciate donations to St. Jude Charities in lieu of flowers. Arrangements and care provided by Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, Indianapolis.
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