Condolence & Memory Journal

Wheatley Family:
My deepest condolences to the entire Wheatley family. Brian and I were childhood friends from the north end. Brian was always so much fun to be with, always smiling, laughing and joking around. Although we didn’t see each other often as adults, some of my best childhood memories are those spent with Brian. He was definitely one of the good guys. May God bless Brian, and all the Wheatley family.

Posted by Jim Kulek - Friend   August 29, 2020

While extremely talented, even more so, Brian was a joy to be around. I loved going to work knowing that I had the pleasure of sitting next to him all day, laughing at his jokes and hilarious industry stories from over the years. The Earth lost a wonderful person. Prayers and condolences to his family and friends. RIP Brian, we will miss you.

Posted by Cait Leppert - Chicago, IL - coworker   August 27, 2020

Shocked to just read this about Brian's passing. My condolences to all. We met in high school and graduated in "83 together and alphebetically seated close by. Loved his sence of humor, personality, and kindness. So sorry for everyones heartfelt loss. He was a great one and a very smart guy that never left anybody out . May his indomitable spirit carry on in those that were privileged to have crossed this path or be a part of his life.

Posted by Scott Sables - Classmate   August 23, 2020


My beloved nephew, because of health challenges I was unable to go to your visitation and funeral. That broke my heart to pieces. I wanted to see you on this earth for the last time, but, "the ways of the Lord are unsearchable". I have a Catholic priest, a friend, he without hesitation answered to my plea, to say a Mass in your honor and in thanksgiving, here in Indianapolis, Indiana. It happened when you were going to your place of earthly rest in the Springfield, Il. cemetery. My tears became tears of joy. You have been throughout your life a faithful follower of our faith and also, a faithful son, husband, father,friend and dedicated servant of the civil community using through your work, the talents you received from Above for the benefit of others. You deserve the crown of glory. God, I am sure when He welcomed you into paradise said: " Come my reliable steward to enjoy everlasting happiness". Still your family miss you and I, your aunt will cherished your memories and ever you will be in my heart.

Posted by Judy Eisenhut - Indianapolis, IN - Family   August 21, 2020


Brian was a pleasure and an all around great guy. Grateful to have known him. My prayers are with his loved ones - may there be peace.

Posted by Blythe Brandon - coworker   August 20, 2020

Bob and Barb-so sorry to learn about your son, Prayers for your family.

Posted by Linda Peterson Zimmerman - Friend   August 19, 2020

Around 23 years ago I met Brian for the first time in Indianapolis, Indiana. He came to visit his aunt Judy Eisenhut.
Brian impressed me. Not to long then he married Cheryl and had recently his first born child: Austin. He shared with me his plans: how to be an exemplary husband, father, member of the civil and religious communities. Brian has a plan for his life, wanted to be a positive contributor, make a visible difference sharing his life with his family and in his own environment. He did it, he accomplished his dreams, totally? We might say: no. Early he left this mortal world, 55 years of age on July 31 in this current year. But, It is not having a long life as an opportunity to do many exemplary things. Brian did not waste a second, his contribution is outstanding. He will be remembered as a vivid example for us to follow, Brian, let's say, received three talents to use in his life and last Friday, August 14 God asked him for a detailed report: I am sure Brian said in humility: You, Lord gave three and I invested them and I am returning to you a hundred or more talents. The Lord, according to the Gospels with a big smile and a big hug, I bet, told Brian: "Come to posses an everlasting joy and rest, my faithful and reliable servant"
Still, we missed those who loved and leave us. We have feelings.
My condolences to his wife, children, parents and rest of his family.
Brian went too soon "to prepare a place for us", but, he wanted even so to continue loving, serving and caring for his neighbor. His faith was lived and practice one hundred per cent. It is evident, we are witnesses of it. Thank you Brian for teaching us how to be a good shepherd. We give thank to God for your fruitful life, but, we still miss you.
Fr. Mauro

Posted by Fr. Mauro Rodas - Friend   August 19, 2020

Wheatley Family,
We are very sorry for your loss.
Brian was an kind and inspiring person who will be missed by many. We have great softball memories of him and his filming. May all of his memories comfort you in these times of sorrow. God Bless you and guide you through this hard time. Peace be with you all. Lauren and Linda Swiech Family

Posted by Linda Swiech - Sugar Grove, IL - Friend   August 18, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to all. I pray that God will put His arms around each of you and give you the strength to get through the days that follow. Hugs and love.
Janet Hergenrother

Posted by Janet Hergenrother - Friend   August 18, 2020

Barb and Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Carol Coleman - Springfield, IL - Family Friend   August 18, 2020

Cheryl and family, I am so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. My prayers are with you now, and in the days ahead. May your happy memories bring you peace and comfort.

Posted by Joanne Fleck Gaston - Friend   August 18, 2020

Bob, Barb, Jeff, and Steve, I'm so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kenny Fults - Arnold, MO - Friend   August 18, 2020


Brian was an amazing guy. Loved working with him. Work at AT was serious, but his humor always lit up the room. I am very sorry for this loss and wish the family strength and patience.

Posted by Syed Ahmed - Chicago, IL - coworker   August 17, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Brian at AT many years ago! I have nothing but fond memories and he always made me laugh! My thoughts and prayers for his family during this difficult time.

Posted by Myra Rasmussen - Wilmington, NC - Coworker   August 17, 2020

I miss our conversations; 5 minutes about work, 30 minutes about anything else! Deepest sympathies to family and friends.

Posted by Brad McFee - Providence, RI - Coworker   August 17, 2020

Brian was one of the nicest people I've had the opportunity to work with. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Posted by Dave Schafer - Buffalo Grove, IL - coworker   August 17, 2020

Cheryl and Family, our sincere condolences on the tragic loss of Brian.

Posted by Allan and Chris Mills - St. Charles, IL - Coworker   August 17, 2020

Brian was such a fun personality to be around. We almost always had a laugh ever time I saw him. He was humorous, smart, logical and insightful. I've missed my daily interactions with him as a colleague going on 7 years. Now we all will miss him.

Posted by Chris Bonk - Palatine, IL - coworker   August 17, 2020

Brian was such an excellent human and coworker. Deepest sympathies ❤

Posted by Brandi Homan    August 17, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Jeff and family. Brian was i nice guy,always smiling.

Posted by Gary Selvaggio - Springfield, IL - classmate   August 17, 2020


Brian was the most awesome boss/friend someone could ask for. I was so so BLESSED to have worked with him for 12 years... when he wasn't at AT anymore it just was not the same. We usually had a daily chat unrelated to work and it always made my day brighter... I got lots of wisdom from him with... take it or leave it as he would say. His no nonsense tell you like it is style was what I loved most about him! His love for Cheryl, Austin and Maddy was like no other! Wheatley family I will miss him so very much and you are all in my prayers and thoughts. Please let me know if you need anything at all. I know how difficult this time is having gone through it recently.

Posted by Marnie Ungeran - Downers Grove, IL - Coworker   August 17, 2020


We are going to miss your great smile & jokester personality.
You were truly one of a kind!
May you Rest In Peace our beloved friend.
Love Frank & Helen Herran

Posted by Helen Herran - Ontario, OR - friend   August 17, 2020

Dear Barb & Bob & family~I am sending you hugs from afar, you are in our hearts & prayers & May God Bless You all With His Comforting Arms & Bless You All With His Love~~~ May God Rest Brian's soul & May God bless his wife Cheryl & children with His comfort & strength~

Posted by Bill & Vikki Warren - Springfield, IL - Friend   August 17, 2020

He was such a great guy and so easy to work with. I know he will be missed by many people. I will be at the wake tomorrow.

Posted by Marie Mikulskis    August 17, 2020

Wheatley Family, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one (Husband, Dad, Brother, Son, Friend). May your warm thoughts and memories help you through the passing days. Angie Washington & Family)

Posted by Angie Washington - Bolingbrook, IL - Coworker   August 17, 2020

Brian was a big part of my childhood. Then one day as adults, we ran into each other at the Aurora Train Station, 200 miles from where we grew up! I would have recognized that crooked grin any where. We talked as if we had seen each other yesterday. That's just how wonderful Brian was!

Posted by Judi Palmatier - Aurora, IL - friend   August 17, 2020

You will be missed Prayers to your family at this such a hard time !!!

Posted by gary grady - Keizer, OR - Friend   August 17, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Barb, Bob, Cheryl, Austin, Maddy, Jeff and Steve on Brian’s passing. We know he put up a good fight to concur the lymphoma but the Dear Lord had other plans for him as an angel to help others. May he Rest In Peace. Our prayers are with all of you at this time.

Carolyn & John Minder
Sarasota, FL

Posted by Carolyn and John Minder    August 17, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the Wheatley and Chambers families. I'm so sorry Cheryl, Austin, and Maddy. Brian was a lot of great things, but I saw him as super thoughtful, funny, and one of a kind. Whether it was taking me out to a Cubs game when I first moved to Chicago or helping me find job opportunities and coaching me in my advertising career, he had a big heart. Sorry I can't be there in person. Thoughts are with you and the family.

Posted by Justin Wells - Brooklyn, NY - Family   August 16, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the Wheatley and Chambers families. I am so sorry Cheryl, Austin, and Maddy. Brian was a lot of great things, but I saw him as super thoughtful, funny, and one of a kind. Whether it was taking me out to a Cubs game when I first moved to Chicago or helping me find job opportunities and coaching me in my advertising career, he had a big heart. Sorry I can’t be there in person. Thoughts are with you and the family.

Posted by Justin Wells - Family   August 16, 2020

To the Wheatley family, so sorry about the loss of Brian. What a nice generous man he was. Funny too, always there with a good story. We have missed the Wheatley's since Jamie graduated but have thought of Brian and you often. He did so much for us with his video work for Jamie's recruiting process. We will always be grateful. We hope your faith gives you comfort in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Scott and Annmarie Martens.

Posted by Scott Martens - Loudon, TN   August 16, 2020

Brian, I know that Cheryl is my blood cousin but I have always thought of you, Tracy and Jenny as my cousins too. Ron and I as well as our church family and our Pastor Brian Foxworth send their condolences to your family. We will miss seeing you physically but we are happy that you are free of that lymphoma and are resting in the arms of Jesus, our Beloved Lord and Savior. We send our love to everyone of you, Nancy and Ron Eller

Posted by Nancy Eller - Hemet, CA - Family   August 16, 2020

We are deeply saddened on Brian's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Dave & Vicki Story - St Louis, MO - Family   August 16, 2020

Brain, your free to fly! I love & miss you & I'll see you again....❤

Posted by Dick Theobald - Elburn, IL - Friend   August 16, 2020

Sending many prayers and condolences from the Savino family. We enjoyed our time at the softball fields together watching our girls play.

Posted by Shannon Savino - Lake in the Hills, IL   August 16, 2020

Dear Cheryl,
So very sorry for you and your family's loss. May God be with you at distressing time.

Posted by Marilyn Thomas - Springfield, IL - Family   August 16, 2020

Condolences to the Wheatley family. Saddened to hear of Brian’s passing. I hope that your happy memories of Brian will comfort you in your grief.

Posted by Jo Ellen Bretz - Friend   August 16, 2020

Cheryl, Barb and Bob and family we are so incredibly sorry to hear about Brian's passing our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all

Posted by Brenda Bigley - Rochester, IL - Friend   August 16, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Peace to the entire family.

Posted by Randy Smith - Springfield, IL - friend   August 16, 2020