Community remembers local man who dies of COVID

A week after more than 100 members of the Okawville community met in a prayer vigil, Keith Wienstroer had died on March 3 of COVID complications.

His daughter Macey confirmed his death in a Facebook post.

“We are deeply saddened, but we are choosing to remember him as the amazing husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend he was,” she said. “My dad figured out something in life and that was how to find the fun and joy in the littlest things. As you all know he had a great passion for coaching all of our sports, growing pumpkins, traveling, playing out on the farm, working with his clients, hanging out with his friends, siblings, and his parents. We truly know that he was most passionate about his daughters and dog daughter and his wife. He taught us how to be strong and courageous because he modeled strong and courageous.”

Friends, community members and civic organizations poured out several condolences onto social media. According to his obituary, Keith was a coach for the Little Dribblers Basketball program in Okawville, and coached softball and youth soccer for the Okawville Community Youth Association. He also coached at the Immanuel Lutheran School. Keith had many passions but none greater than his family.

“Rest in Peace,” wrote the Okawville Lions Club, before sending prayers to his family.

The Okawville Lady Rockets have rallied around the family, wearing t-shirts and dedicating the final game to his memory.

“Nothing could make a coach any happier than to see kids fight and work so hard for something greater than themselves,” the team said.

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