Obituary for Kenneth L. Weaver | Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory



Kenneth L. Weaver

December 18, 1920 ~ November 24, 2018 (age 97)

Kenneth L. Weaver, 97, Metamora, formerly of Washington, IL passed away peacefully at his home at 11:33pm on Saturday, November 24, 2018. He was born to Floyd and Hazel (Lehman) Weaver on December 18, 1920 in Northern Indiana. He married Irma Frey on April 8, 1942 and they enjoyed nearly seventy years together. Ken is survived by five children: Duane (Carole) Weaver of Bloomington, IL; Doug (Mary) Weaver of Albuquerque, NM; Rod (Karen) Weaver of Gettysburg, PA; Bev (Ron) Riggins of Washington, IL; and Greg Weaver of Webster Groves, MO. Also surviving are brothers Stan and Herb, and his sister Margaret. In addition, he has enjoyed 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Irma in 2011, his parents and one brother, Herm. Being raised in a Mennonite home, as the son of a pastor, helped form his belief in salvation through faith. Ken’s faith in Jesus Christ was central to his walk in life. Through the years he prayed daily for each member of his growing family by name. Walking out his faith, with courage and conviction, he enlisted in Civilian Public Service during World War II and served as head accountant in a mental health institution in Norristown, PA. Ken’s accounting skills, honed at both Norristown and later at Ulrich Manufacturing in Roanoke, IL, led to a job offering as an accountant with Morton Buildings in 1960. He was promoted throughout his years at Morton, reaching the position of Executive Vice President and serving on the Board of Directors. He retired in 2001 at the age of 80. He was an active member of Metamora Mennonite Church, Metamora, IL for more than 60 years where he served in many positions and enjoyed so many friendships. His life was a testimony to serving others through volunteerism. Even in his 90’s he could be found serving at the local food pantry, Etcetera Shop in Eureka or delivering Meals on Wheels. A lifetime dream came true at the age of 91 when he and a group of fellow believers visited Israel. Upon returning, he shared his many memories of the trip through a PowerPoint presentation with his children, grandchildren and others. In March of 2013 he planned and held a “Grandpa” weekend in St. Louis, flying his grandchildren in from around the country. They spent the days sharing about their lives and hearing his life story. Ken enjoyed a treasured friendship with Orpha Schertz during the last five years of his life. They shared a love of their church community, attended many gospel and music programs together, as well as sharing meals or enjoying a good card game and watching tennis. Visitation will be held at Metamora Mennonite Church, on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5-7pm. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11am followed by a fellowship luncheon. A private burial will precede the memorial service. Arrangements are by Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington, IL. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to his church or the Mennonite Central Committee, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Matthew 25:23, “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

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