Donald S. Weaver, 93, former Denver council president, mayor, dies
Donald S. Weaver, 93, of Denver, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at his home surrounded by family.
He was born in Beartown, Pa. to the late Benjamin and Elsie Mae (Sensenich) Weaver and was the loving husband of Dorothy “Dottie” (Fritz) Weaver, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage.
He served in the US Army Air Corp in the Pacific theater during WWII, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Upon his discharge, he returned to Hamilton Watch Co, where he worked for over 30 years. After serving as Deputy Controller for 7 years, he was elected and served two terms as the Lancaster County Controller.
Donald was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver where he served in many capacities of leadership during his 60+ years of membership. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Past Master of the Ephrata Masonic Lodge #665, Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Reading Consistory and the American Business Club.
Weaver was also a longtime public servant in Denver Borough having served in local government in six different decades dating back to the 1950s.
He began as a Denver Borough councilman in 1956 and served for eight years. Weaver ran for mayor in 1963 and served in that position from 1964 to 1976. After serving as county controller, Weaver returned to borough council. He served as council president in the late 1990s. He continued as a councilman until 2003.
In addition to his devoted wife Dorothy, Donald is survived by three daughters: Donna, wife of Barry Mentzer of Lancaster, Deborah, wife of Stephen Alleman of Elizabethtown, Dot, wife of Stephen Gehman of Denver; four grandchildren, Joshua, husband of Mereca Gehman of Colo., Jordan Gehman, fiancé of Mali Mrozinski of Wis., Kacey Alleman, partner of James Reider of Wash., Ryan, husband of Ashley Alleman of Elizabethtown; two great-grandchildren: Addison Gehman and Avery Alleman; two brothers: Kenneth Weaver of New Holland, Homer, husband of JoAnn Weaver of Denver; and four sisters: Beatrice Metcalf of Myerstown, Hazel Heffner of Lebanon, Evelyn, wife of Robert Kramer of Reading, and Lois, wife of Ken Harding of Wernersville.
He was preceded in death by a daughter: Dawn Louise; a brother: Harold Weaver; and a sister: Floretta Rettalick.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver. An additional viewing will be held on March 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 420 Main St., Denver, followed by funeral services with Pastor Michael Roney officiating. A private interment will be held at Mellinger’s MennoniteCemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Red Rose Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to Asera Care Hospice, 315 Primrose Lane, Suite 101, Mountville, PA 17554 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 420 Main Street, Denver, PA 17543.
Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com. Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver.
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