Dr. Earl M. Weber, 93, WWII vet, Dean of Graduate Studies at Millersville U., author

By on October 28, 2015

Dr. Earl M. Weber, 93, of Lititz, died peacefully at his home Oct. 21, 2015.

Born in Brecknock Township, he was the son of the late Harry and Annie (Good) Weber. In June, he and his wife, Margaret E. (Bowser) Weber celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

A learned man, with early education from a one-room school house in Denver, he received his bachelor’s degree from Millersville University, his master’s degree from New York University and his doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University.

As a World War II veteran, he served in the United States Navy as a flight mechanic in the European and North African Theatre of Operations.

Earl joined the teaching staff at Millersville in 1960 as an industrial arts professor and later served as chairman of the Industrial Arts department and dean of Graduate Studies program prior to his retirement in 1978.

He served as a warden at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lancaster and at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Manheim, where he was a member.

Earl was a skilled weaver and woodworker, who through the years made furniture for his home, toy trucks and cranes for his grandchildren, and intricate woven shawls and blankets.

A past president of the Pennsylvania Morgan Horse Club, Earl enjoyed driving with his Morgan horses in competition and shows and was a 4-H leader, helping young people to learn about carriage driving.

In retirement, he took up writing as a hobby. He wrote primarily children’s stories and one of his stories about living on a farm during the Great Depression “Waste Not, Want Not,” was published in Highlights Magazine.

He was a driver for Meals on Wheels, board member for the Lancaster County Association for the Blind, past president of the American Industrial Arts Association, and a member of the Lititz Lions Club and Young Mens Business League.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter: Dr. Jennifer Weber, Mechanicsburg; stepdaughter: Beth Waldeck, Lititz; stepson: Russell Waldeck, Morganton, N.C.; grandchildren: Rebecca (Hewit) Pickel, wife of Justin; Anna Hewit; David Hewit Jr.; Megan Kennedy; Johnathan Kennedy: Sara Waldeck; and Inita Waldeck; sisters: Elsie, wife of James Knoll, Willow Valley; Ellen Shultz, Salisbury, Md.; and a brother: Edgar Weber, husband of Barbara, Fla.

He is preceded in death by his first wife: Edith “Jackie” Kreitz Weber (1984); daughter: Nancy E. Weber; and his brother: Eugene Weber.

Family and friends are invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 90 S. Charlotte St., Manheim on Wednesday, Oct. 28, for a visitation from 3 to 5 p.m., and memorial service at 5 p.m., with the Rev. Canon Peter Greenfield officiating.

Donations in memory of Earl may be made to the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Visit richardheiseyfuneralhome.com to send online condolences to the family. Arrangements by Richard. H. Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz.

 

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