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Pat Leroy Weaver

Pat Leroy Weaver

Pat Leroy Weaver


- September 8, 2018

Pat Leroy Weaver, age 85, of Wanblee, South Dakota, died on Friday, September 7, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Visitation will be held two hours prior to the funeral service.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.

Interment with military honors will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.

Pat was born May 9, 1933 to Lloyd and Sylvia (Christensen) Weaver at Allen, South Dakota. He was the last child of five. He was born on the tiny side so to help him along he was kept on top of the warming oven in the old cook stove. In his early years, he was mainly raised around the Martin and Wanblee areas and also spent a short time in Idaho and Nebraska. He attended schools at Wanblee, Eagle Nest School, Garner School and finished 8th grade at Gordon, Nebraska.

In May of 1953, Pat joined the Army. He did basic training in Kansas. After basic training he served in the 4th Field Artillery working with the mules throughout Colorado. He was honorably discharged in September 1954 due to hardship.

Pat married the love of his life Monica Herber on October 16, 1955 in Kadoka South Dakota. They stated their married life on a place just northeast of Kadoka. They lived there for two and half years. While living there the first son, Casey, was born. In June of 1957 Pat moved his family to the homestead, west of Wanblee, where he still resided at the time of his death. This is where the rest of the children, Jackie, Loyd, Lyn, Lesa and Lavonne were born and raised.

Pat made a living farming and ranching. He worked for a short time with the Game and Fish. When times were tough, he also worked on road construction. He would also put up hay for other people. He did this until selling the place to Mark and Lavonne Slovek, but they still raised cattle until later years. They continued to live on the homestead up until Pat’s death.

Pat was a handy person. Pat and Monica realized that after four more kids were born that the house they were living in was getting to small. In September of 65 they started building the house they lived in until selling the place and moving a trailer house on what was part of the garden area. While building the house they had help from neighbors, especially Wayne Riggins. He taught them how the lay the bricks for the house. Glen Arment helped built the cupboards that were in the kitchen and the bathroom.

One of Pat's biggest joys was teaching someone how to fish and coyote call (anyone who wanted to learn, especially his children and grandchildren). Some of Pat's life joys were coon hunting and coyote calling with neighborhood friends in his younger years. Dancing was another enjoyment, whenever a good song was to be heard his leg began a moving. He also enjoyed fishing with family and friends. Pat loved working with wood. He made beautiful furniture and shelves from the cedar trees off the homeplace. He also spent many hours playing cards or having a toddy with family or friends.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Monica Weaver of Wanblee; three sons Casey Weaver and his wife Cindy of Wall, Loyd Weaver and his wife Mary Ellen of High Springs, Florida, and Lyn Weaver and his wife Debbilyn of Newell; three daughters Jacqueline “Jackie” Brothers and her husband Keith of High Springs, Florida, Lesa Hagen and her husband Rick of Gillette, Wyoming, and Lavonne Slovek and her husband Mark of Wanblee; 14 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pat is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wallace Weaver as a child and Kenneth and his wife Christine, two sisters Vera Amiotte and her husband Albert and Shirley Neiffer and her husband Gene; and a daughter-in-law Debbie Weaver.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.

 



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