Philip J. Wiethe

March 7, 1939 - March 11, 2008

03/07/1939 - 03/11/2008

Past Services

Saturday March 15, 2008
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Sunday March 16, 2008
1:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

WIETHE, Philip J., 69, of Wheeling WV, died Tuesday March 11, 2008. He was born March 7, 1939 in Wheeling to the late Francis H. and Ruth M. Montier-Bowers Wiethe.

He was retired following 30 years as a Wheeling Police officer, where he was adored by many children as Officer Phil of Safety Town. He was also retired following 8 years as an Ohio County house arrest officer, and worked a year for his son’s pool service business. He was a United States Army veteran and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Cave Club of Wheeling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Maximillian R.; a sister, Sylvia J., and most recently his beloved dog, Kelsey.

Survivors include his wife, Linda J. Antonucci Wiethe; three sons, Philip J., Jr. and Shelley of Ann Arbor, MI, Brian J. and Mary of Wheeling, and Jeffrey J. and Jocelyn of Moundsville, WV; two precious grandsons, Nikolaus W. and Maximillian A. of Ann Arbor; three sisters, Barbara Johnson of Wheeling, Mary Ruth Mickey Rotriga of Wheeling, and Teresa Weisenborn of Wheeling; and three brothers, Francis X. and Jolene of Narvon, PA, David J. and Carolyn of Wheeling and Joseph M. and Cindy of Moundsville.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday from 4-8pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove where services will be held on Sunday at 1:30pm with the Rev. Jim LaCrosse, S.M., officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Cassie Welsh
8 years ago

Brian and family We were so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I worked at Wheeling Hospital for a few of the safety town years and the children just loved him. Linda, I know you don’t remember me but I do remember both you and Phil and what good parents you both were. He will surely be missed

Sylvia McNeil
8 years ago

Dear Linda and Family–To let you know many thoughts and prayers are with you and yours–Take care -keep the faith and May God Bless you with His Peace and Love–“When someone you love becomes a memory,that memory becomes a treasure!”

Mark A Burriss
8 years ago

I wanted to say I am so very sorry for your loss. As many will write, I am sure they all will say what a wonderful man Phil was. He has touched so many people in and around Wheeling. As I followed him at house arrest I found I could not fill those shoes, but to take his lead as what to do. I enjoyed talking with Phil, and listening to how he spoke of his family. A wonderful man who cared about people and made sure they were never hungry if he could help it. He will be missed by so many.

Prayers to his family, may he rest in peace.

Jamie Stahl Bowsher
8 years ago

I will always remember Officer Wiethe directing bank traffic on Saturday mornings! My sympathy to his family!

Kathy Chacalos Poulos
8 years ago

I wish I could find the words to say how sorry we are to hear this news. My dad Zeke Chacalos sends his love and prayers. Phil will be missed by all. Our love and prayers for his family and friends.

Karen Ali
8 years ago

Joe, Cindy, & family; I am very saddened by your loss. No matter if it was expected or not, it is still difficult to say goodbye to someone we love. May you be comforted knowing that others care and share your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers until I see you again and can offer you my condolences in person.

christina wiethe
8 years ago

linda and family,

I am so sorry to hear about cousin phil’s passing. my memories of him were seeing him with my dad, and hearing stories from my dad about him of their growing up years in center wheeling. he brought alot of laughter to the family. I know what you are going through, and my thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. he is now there with my dad and aunt mary, and making more memories and laughter. love you all,


Mary J Pack
8 years ago

Linda and Family;

Sis, I loved Phil as my brother. He was one in a million and loved by all. I will always remember all the delicious meals he served and the fun we had together. Linda, remember all the good times you shared together. Tom and I love you and we’ll be here for you.

Tom and Mary Jean Pack

St. Clairsville, OH

March 30, 2008

Mark Garrett, President FOP Lodge #38
8 years ago

On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police Wheeling Lodge #38 I would like to offer our deepest sympathy. Phil was truly one of WheelingâÄôs Finest and will always be known in our family as Brother. Phil was truly a good friend and was loved by everyone. I was one of the lucky ones that worked with Phil and shared some of my best times with him. He was a joy to know. PhilâÄôs contributions to his community as a police officer will live on forever. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Chad Syrylo
8 years ago

Phil was a great man. If more people were as giving and considerate as he was, the world would be a better place. He treated everyone he knew like family. I know he’s up in heaven with Kelsey, serving meatballs for everyone and not taking no for an answer. RIP, Phil.

John Bumbera
8 years ago


was a friend, brother, and father fiqure to me. He was always there when in need. He felt like he needed to feed the whole world. I miss you and prayerfully to we meet again. I will bring the pepper shaker.

Charlotte Rowan
8 years ago

To Phil & all your family

I am out of state at this time & was devastated by the news of your loss.

What an example he set as a father, friend, police officer & humanitarian.

We need more Phil Weithe’s in this world.

I will truly miss him. God bless you all & treasure your countless memories.

Bobby Myers FTWK
8 years ago

To the man who was a second father to me – He wouldn’t let anyone visit without serving meatballs, chili or his ‘dipsy’ You will be greatly missed.