Monday, June 23rd, 2014
John D. Weaver, 88, Versailles, passed away at 1:55 a.m. June 22, 2014.
He was born March 31, 1926, in Dayton, to George and Audrey Mills Weaver. On June 8, 1947, he married Marybel Schlecty, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Tim (Kristin) Weaver, Versailles; two daughters, Jill Brown, Houston, Texas, and Beth (Clayton) Watkins, Wheaton, Ill.; and seven grandchildren, Alex Weaver, Molly Weaver, Tim Weaver, Sam Brown, John Brown, William Watkins and Olivia Watkins.
Deceased is a daughter, Collette S. Weaver, who died on April 11, 2014.
He was a graduate of Versailles High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy after graduation and served in the South Pacific on the USS Hornet, seventh fleet, during World War II. After his service, he enrolled at Miami University. He graduated in three years and played football for the Miami Redskins.
He was a three-year letterman and an all-conference player. He was a member of the 1948 championship Sun Bowl team. His teammates included Paul Dietzel, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Bo Schembechler. He was inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame. He played professional football for the New York Bulldogs as an offensive lineman before returning to Versailles to join Weaver Brothers. He retired as chairman of the board of the company.
He loved his family, his business, employees and associates, his community and gardening. He was a lifetime member of the Versailles Christian Church and a longtime member of the Versailles Lion's Club, receiving his 55-year-pin. He was a member of the Versailles VFW, the Masonic Lodge and the Antioch Temple. He was a founding member of Versailles Poultry Days and served as a past chairman of Poultry Days and honorary Poultry Days Parade Marshall in 2004. He was a citizen-of-the-year and a member of Versailles Village Council.
He was a board member of U.S. Bank and Bank One. He served on the boards of the Ohio Poultry Association and United Egg Producers. He served two terms on the American Egg Board and was inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Versailles Christian Church, the Rev. Dennis Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles, with military honors conducted by the Versailles Veterans' Honor Guard.
Calling is 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. A Masonic Lodge of Sorrow is 7 p.m.Thursday at the funeral home, conducted by the Versailles Masonic Lodge 290 F&AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at www.zecharbailey.com.