Jack Blaine Weber, 89, passed away at his home in Imperial, Nebraska on Aug. 29, 2018.
Jack was born to John and Mary (Lemon) Weber of Maxwell, Neb., on June 29, 1929, and grew up on the Haythorn Ranch north of Maxwell, Neb. He graduated from Maxwell High School in 1947 then joined the United States Air Force in 1949 and saw service in Korea and Vietnam, plus numerous other duty stations until he retired in 1973.
Jack married Catherine Simons of Merriman, Neb., in 1950 and the couple raised six children on various Air Force bases in the US and Europe.
Jack and Cathy met in 1948 in Cathy’s hometown of Merriman. Jack was in town with his sister Barbara visiting their aunt and uncle. Jack had danced all night with another girl, at the end of the night Jack approached Cathy and asked if he could walk her home.
Cathy thought, well this crazy guy danced with another girl all night and now he wants to walk me home. She asked him about the other girl. Jack replied, “What girl? That girl over there? That’s my sister!” Jack loved to dance and Cathy always said he was a “beautiful dancer.” Jack and Cathy would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this December.
“Our Grandpa taught us everything we know about fishing, he taught us to laugh more, work harder and smile brighter. He was always willing to listen to the goofy stories we had. Learning from him was always one of those times we would stay quiet and absorb what he was saying. We’ll remember your lessons Grandpa. We won’t forget them.” Written by Kyle Weber, grandson, and believed by all of Jack’s grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his niece, Kris Sukraw; nephew, Ricky Joe Gutherless; grandson, Kendrick Blaine Weber; and great-grandson, Koda Johnson.
Jack is survived by Catherine, his bride of 67 years; six children: Connie Westbrook and husband, Bob of Arnold, Neb., David Weber and wife Christine of Franktown, Colorado, Pamela Diehl and husband Scott of Ormond Beach, Florida, Donna Tucker and husband John of Lincoln, Neb., Mary Wilson and husband Kirk of Imperial, Neb., and Tracy Dallas and husband Pete of Albuquerque, N.M.; his sister, Barbara Gutherless of Brady, Neb.; brother-in-law, Andy Simons of Omaha; sister-in-law, Alma Gordon of Salina, Kansas; sister-in-law, Stella and husband Jack Nash of Cassville, Mo.; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; plus numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home in Imperial.
A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday evening, Sept. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imperial with Father Lothar Gilde leading.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imperial with Father Lothar Gilde celebrating.
Cremation will follow services and an inurnment services will be held on Friday morning, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. (CT) at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska with full military honors.
A memorial has been established to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.