Fred R. Weber, 83, Akron civic leader

By on August 13, 2014

Fred R. Weber, 83, formerly of Akron, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at Ephrata Manor surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in West Reading on Jan. 24, 1931 to the late Fred and Laura (Hubscher) Weber.

Fred spent his childhood in Ephrata and is a 1949 Ephrata High School graduate. Fred retired from Wohlsen’s Construction Company with 39 years in accounting and office support services. He won the Herman F. Wohlsen Award in 1980. He was a member of and sang in the choir at Bethany United Church of Christ, Ephrata.

Fred was a Naval Air Force Veteran during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953 as Airman Third Class.

Service to his community was important as he was a lifetime Akron Lions Club member and served as treasurer for 27 years. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Award in 1991. Fred was involved in Civil Defense, Jaycees, and Ephrata Borough Special Police. Fred joined the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Police in 1974. He received a 25 year service award in 1999.

Fred’s greatest joy was the love of his family and spending time with them. He traveled, collected rock specimens, attended concerts and programs, took pictures, celebrated Holidays, helped with the Akron Lions’ stand at the Ephrata Farm Show and spent time outdoors working in his yard.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years: Phyllis J. Ash Weber; two daughters: Patti Jo, wife of David Hibshman of Palmyra, Peggy Anne, wife of Donald Grabowski of Elizabethtown; one son: Michael Fred Weber and his wife, Jane of Brookeville, Md.; one sister: Ruth, wife of the late Dr. J. Walter High; nine grandchildren: Eric Hibshman and his wife, Amy, Jeff Hibshman and his wife, Jennie, Paul, Steven and Ben Grabowski, Justin Weber and his wife Heather, Christian, Laura and Meleny Weber; one great-granddaughter: Morgan Leah Hibshman; and one great-grandson: Logan David Hibshman.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Bethany United Church of Christ, 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, with the Reverend William LaSalle officiating. Friends will be received in Zwingli Hall after the service. Fred’s interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethany United Church of Christ, 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522.

To send an online condolence please visit Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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