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In loving memory of Raymond E. Weaver


Raymond (Ray) Eugene Weaver passed away at the age of 92 years and two months on Sunday, February 24, 2013 in long term care at Republic County Hospital. He was born on December 24, 1920 to Albert F. Weaver and Bessie (Kuhn) Weaver in Belleville, Kansas. The family lived a full life in Belleville.
Ray attended Belleville public schools and graduated from high school in 1938. Ray was the only carrier for the Kansas City Star Newspaper for Belleville. After graduation he worked at the Skelly Filling Station and the Blair Theatre. Later he joined his father at Weaver Rendering Company. He was drafted into the Army in 1942. He was sent to the European Theatre and came ashore in Normandy. He was also at the Belgian Bulge with the 95th Infantry Division under General George Patton. He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant.
After the war Ray joined his father again at Weaver Rendering Company. It was sold in 1962 and Ray remained on as the plant manager until 1967.
In 1967 he joined Purina Feeds as a salesman until 1975 when he went to work for Stone Construction as a heavy equipment operator. He retired for a while in 1983 when failing health required him to quit; much to his disgust. After traveling, having some fun and finally getting bored; he returned to Stone Contruction performing various jobs such as welding, machine maintenance and motor grader work. He finally retired in 2004 at the age of 84. Ray had several passions which were gardening, cooking, woodworking, memory work. He was awarded Kolache King of the NCK Czech Club in 2005 and best of fair at the NCK Free Fair in 2010 for his built to scale wooden caterpillar.
Ray was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Life Member of the Belleville Masonic Lodge AF & AM #129, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Isis Shrine, Salina. A member of the North Central Kansas Shrine Club, Order of Eastern Star-Ophel Chapter #115, Belleville, 69ers card club, Rainbow Grand Cross of Color, Rainbow Dad, American Legion, VFW and North Central Kansas Czech Club.
On April 18, 1942 he married Sylvia A. Horak of Munden, Ks. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2012. To this union was born two children Karen S. Weaver Clark, Belleville and Charles (Chuck) A. Weaver, Abilene. He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed by all. He believed in God, was known for his generosity, hard work and loved spending time with his family and friends. On behalf of our family we sincerely appreciate the many expressions of kindness in thought and deed. As we celebrate his life, so too, do we celebrate all that he held dear.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia at LTC Republic County Hospital; Children: Karen S. (Ray) Weaver Clark, Belleville, Ks; Charles A. (Marsha) Weaver, Abilene, KS; Grandchildren: Nicole L. (Steven) Clark Palmquist, Concordia, KS; Kelly (Chris) Lair, Arlington, TX; Aaron (Rachel) Weaver, Atchinson, KS; Amber Weaver, Manhattan, KS. Great Grandchildren; Jacob and Kyle Palmquist, Amanda Lair, Conner, Noah and Mason Weaver, many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Bessie Weaver, Grandson, Brentley T.E. Clark, Sister and Brother in law, Betty and Max Krummel all of Belleville, KS.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM, Saturday, March 16, 2013, First United Methodist Church, 2013 Main Street, Belleville, Kansas. Conducted by Pastor Emily Meckley and Mr. Henry Strnad.
Interment will be at Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Kansas. Order of Eastern Star Services by Ophel Chapter #115, Belleville; Masonic Graveside services by Belleville Masonic Lodge AF & AM # 129, Belleville; Military Honor Guard, Fort Riley, Kansas
Visitation: Friends may call on Thursday from 2 PM to 9 PM, Friday from 9 AM to 9 PM at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Ks; where the family will receive friends from 6 PM to 7:30 PM Friday evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Isis Hospital Travel Fund, Salina, Kansas.
Online condolences and information at www.bachelor-surber.com
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas in charge of arrangements

 

   
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