William R. "Bill" Weber, Sr., 73, Mandan, formerly of New Town, died March 27, 2013, peacefully with his family by his side, in Bismarck.
Services will be held today, April 2, 2013, at 11 a.m., in Cornerstone Community Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Keith Ritchie officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan. Military honors will be provided by VFW #1326, at 1 p.m. today.
Visitation was Monday, April 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church today, one hour prior to the service.
Bill was born March 6, 1940, in Mandan, to Fred and Delores (Daniels) Weber. He was raised and educated in Mandan.
Bill joined the Marine Corps in August 1957 and served until 1960. He was very proud to serve his country. He was stationed in Southern California and Okinawa, Japan.
He then attended Dickinson State and graduated with a bachelor's degree. Bill married JoAnn Kaip in 1962. They were blessed with four children, William R. Jr., Taunie, Lori and Darrell. He taught social studies at New Town High School from 1967 to 1979. Whenever you would mention his name he was considered everyone's favorite teacher.
Bill was employed with Amoco Oil Mandan Refinery from 1980 until his retirement in 1998. During his retirement he enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife of 23 years, Dorothy.
When Bill and Dorothy Kraft Whitman were united in marriage Sept. 2, 1989, Delanie and Daphne were added to his family.
Bill was an active member of the Elks for 49 years. He enjoyed working as the door man at the Bismarck Elks since he loved to visit with people. He was also a member of the Refinery Retirees and the Cornerstone Church.
He loved to travel and spend time with his family. He took many fishing trips to Canada and Alaska. He never passed up an opportunity to go fishing, especially with his family, where ever he could drop a line. Bill was an avid Packer fan for more than 50 years or whoever played the Vikings. Bill was skilled at woodcarving, oil painting (mostly landscapes) and woodworking. His specialty was making diamond willow canes.
His great pride was being with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He made the holidays special for everyone. His legacy of love, sense of humor and laughter is carried in the hearts and lives of all who knew and loved Bill.
Bill will be deeply missed by: his wife, Dorothy; son, William R. Jr. (Charlene), Silver Lake Wis.; daughters, Taunie (James) Leppell, Keene, Lori Moore, Bismarck; son, Darrell (Sheenah), Sand Springs, Okla.; daughters, Delanie (Jerry) Anderson, Bismarck, Daphne (Jon) Davis, Mandan; brother, Henry C. (Karen), Mandan; sister, Dorothy (Dot) Brunsvold, Morrison, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Daniel (Georgia) and Jessie Leppell, Chelsey and Brady Weber, Dee Ann and Grant Davis, Alexus and Kyra Anderson, Montana and Noah Davis; three great-grandchildren, Lukas and William Leppell, Parker Weber; four stepgrandchildren, Clint, April, Holly, Travis; five stepgreat-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Lillian Kraft; and his beloved dog, Joker.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Annette Weber; and nephew, Henry Weber Jr.
The family has asked to send memorials to American Heart Association, Disabilities Association or American Cancer Society.
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(Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan)