Correctional Officer
Gary Layne Weinke
Indiana Department of Correction
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Age: 67
Served: 13 years
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Duty-related illness
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Incident to Death Duration:
27 days
Incident Location:
6908 South Old U.S. 41, Carlisle
Incident County:
Incident Township:
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Burial Place:
Worthington Cemetery, Worthington

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   Correctional Officer Gary Weinke died from complications after contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during an ongoing global pandemic.

   His last day of work was on March 29 and he was hospitalized at Terre Haute Regional Hospital with symptoms of the disease where he later passed away.

   Correctional Officer Weinke, from Linton, was assigned to the Special Confinement Unit of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility near Carlisle where his wife also serves as a correctional officer.

   He is survived by his wife, Naomi (née Sturgis); sons, James (Christy) Weinke, Travis (Tonya) Bough and Nathan (April) Bough; daughters, Michelle (Brian) Wilmouth, Amy (Doug) Chisman and Lacey (Tracy Cobb) Bough; 17 grandchildren; one great grandson; brothers, Terry Weinke and Lonny (Terri) Weinke; and sisters, Sandra (Cliff) Rayl and Nita (Brett) Clem.

Military Service

United States Army
Vietnam War

Historical Notes

• Correctional Officer Weinke is the third of four Indiana line of duty deaths in 2020.
• He is the 14th line of duty death of the Indiana Department of Correction.
• His line of duty death is the fourth that has originated from Sullivan County.
As of June 30, 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused 87,446,657 cases and 1,014,337 deaths in the United States and 1,772,183 cases and 23,877 deaths in Indiana. From November 2020 through January 2021, the deadliest wave was responsible for 7,140 deaths with the highest occurring in December 2020 when 3,038 died statewide. The pandemic has caused 793 known law enforcement line of duty deaths in the United States.

This memorial honors an officer whose eligibility as a line of duty death is subject to our Policy for Law Enforcement Officer Deaths due to COVID-19.

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