2012-12-20 / Obituaries

Wayne J. Weaver

Wayne J. Weaver, 68, 2805 Appletree Lane, South Bend, Ind., passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind.

He was born June 1, 1944, in Goshen, Ind., to Paul F. and Nina V. Weaver. His family moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula when he was seven years old and he graduated from Manistique High School in 1962. Following his 1965 graduation from Hesston College in Kansas where he received an A.A. in general and vocational education, he did a two-year term of 1-W service in Indianapolis through the Mennonite Church.

On Oct. 23, 1965, he married Mary Glenn MacGregor in Gulliver, Mich. She survives, along with his sisters, Evelyn (Kenny) Miller of Hesston, Kan. and Fay Etta (Donald) Horst of Lansing, Mich.; brothers, Edward (Irene) Weaver of Menominee, Mich. and Lawrence (Michaele Bonenberger) Weaver of Sioux Falls, S.D.; brothers-in-law, Ernst Penner of Newton, Kan. and Larry (Lonnie) Wyse of Naubinway, Mich., and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Jane Wyse and Shirley Penner.

Learning carpentry skills at a young age from his dad, Wayne spent a number of years working in construction in Indiana and Michigan. In 1980, he accepted a position as maintenance engineer at Clinton Community Schools of Clinton, Mich., where he later transitioned into a newly created position of technologist that he held until his retirement June 30, 200l. In July 2001, he accepted a position as systems administrator in the Information Technology Department of a Mishawaka firm where he worked until December 2011.

Though he had no children of his own, he devoted a great deal of time over the years to working with the children of others, through teaching woodworking and leathercraft in 4-H programs, teaching Sunday school classes, and serving as both a church camp counselor and youth sponsor. He loved working with wood and handcrafted several small clocks for gifts.

For the past several years he has faithfully attended St. Mark Missionary Church. Upon receiving a Stage IV cancer diagnosis just over three years ago, he faced that with strength and courage and trusted that his faith in God and the prayers of his family and friends would see him through it. When his life here on earth ended, it was his desire that his body be donated to medical science and there be no visitation or funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Missionary Church, 55240 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

His wife especially thanks Dr. Kevin D. Gerig and the staff of Gerig Surgical Associates and Dr. David A. Taber and the staff of Michiana Hematology Oncology for their care and kindness over the past three years.

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