Dan Wheldon's family announces funeral arrangements
||Thursday, October 20th 2011, 20:48 GMT
Dan Wheldon's funeral will be held on Saturday in Florida, his family has announced.
The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg, 701 Beach Drive N.E. in St. Petersburg, Florida at 10am ET.
Wheldon's wife Susie has invited members of the community to attend the service.
"Although the last few days have been unbearable for our family, the overwhelming love and support we have received are rays of sunshine during these dark days," she said in a statement release by IndyCar.
"The outpouring of sympathy and condolences has been so comforting, and I want to thank everyone for their kind notes, letters, gifts and flowers.
"Dan touched the lives of many people, and I would like to invite those citizens in our community who knew and loved my husband to attend his funeral service at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg on Saturday, October 22, at 10 a.m.
"Though we won't be able to fit everyone inside, I know that Dan would have wanted the community to share in the celebration of his life and to grieve his passing. Thank you again. I am forever grateful for your kindness."
IndyCar has also announced that the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund has been established for the financial security of his family.
Contributions to Family Trust Fund can be made at the following address:
Fifth Third Private Bank
Attn: Dan Wheldon Family Trust
251 North Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Those wishing to send their sympathy and condolences to the Wheldon family, can address letters to:
9600 Koger Blvd N, Ste. 105
St Petersburg, FL 33702
IndyCar will hold a public memorial service to celebrate the life of Wheldon at 4pm (ET) on Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.