Francis E. Weber age 93, a life-long resident of Defiance, Ohio passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 14, 2020 at SKLD in Bryan. He was born November 19, 1926, to Frank and Helen (Goller) Weber, and lived his life as a true gentleman.
On June 24, 2008 Francis was preceded in death by his loving wife, Alice Kretz whom he had married in 1954.
His family was the joy of his life and is survived by daughter Janice (Ron) Elliott and son Thomas Weber; brothers Christian (Ann) Weber Elkhart, In.; Roger (Ann) Weber, Maumee; Eugene (Marilyn) Weber, Findlay; grandchildren John (Samantha) Elliott, Cincinnati; Mark (Hope) Elliott, South Bend, In.; Ross Weber, Louisville Ky; Kathryn (Hayden) Doehrmann, Defiance; and Peter Elliott, Jacksonville, Fl, and 4 great grandchildren, Johnnie, Alice, Lucy, and Murphy Elliott.
He enjoyed family gatherings, bowling, golf, photography, and times at the cottage with his brothers.
He was employed at Dinner Bell Foods in the Accounting Department for 42 years, retiring in 1990. He served in the U.S. Army from April 7, 1945 to December 9, 1946. He attained the rank of Tech4. His overseas service was in Tokyo, Japan in the 71st Signal Service Battalion Headquarters of General MacArthur, a block away the imperial palace of Emperor Hirohito. He was a Life member of Defiance VFW Post 3360.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers and their wives: Donald (Jeannie and Mary) Weber, Dr. Norbert (Mary) Weber, Gerald (Mary) Weber, Wilfred “Bill” (Sally) Weber; sister Marjorie (George) Steingass; and granddaughter Theresa Elliott.
He was a life-long member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Defiance. He was active in his faith and served the church in many roles, including on the parish and school councils, in the choir, as parish bookkeeper and collection counter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, Defiance with Father Douglas Taylor officiating at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. Visitation will be in the church preceding the service, 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic a face mask and social distancing is required to attend the visitation and service. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Ridge Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Schaffer Funeral Home.
Preferred Memorials are to St. John’s Catholic Church.
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