John R. Weber
John R. Weber, 71 passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Park West Plaza in Wichita, Kansas. He was born July 3, 1941 on the Weber farm in Meade County, Kansas the son of Louie & Mary Verdie (Rice) Weber.
John attended and graduated from Fowler High School in 1959. He then earned his Associates degree from Dodge City Community College in 1963 and his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Fort Hays State University in 1965. John worked as a band teacher in Spearville, Kansas for 5 years, Wakeeney, Kansas for 1 year, and Scott City for 7 years. He lived in Scott City for 23 years. John also lived in Garden City and Lakin for 16 years, and has resided in Wichita for the last 2 years. While living in Scott City, John also worked for Cities Service Plant for 3 years and as a custodian at the First Christian Church for 14 years. From 1982 to 2007, he worked at Sunflower Electric Co-op, Inc. where he retired as the Environmental Coordinator. John was active in Kiwanis, Lions Club, Jaycees, and the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Garden City Municipal Band, served as a Docent at Lee Richardson Zoo, was a football referee for 30 years, and served as a softball and little league baseball coach. John also loved old cars and the music group “Chicago.”
In 1962, he married Verna S. Bates in Dodge City, Kansas. Later in 2002, John married Marian Williams Hagemann in Lakin, Kansas. She survives. Other survivors include his three children Patrick & wife Angie Weber of Wichita, Kansas, Penny & husband Joe Etcheson of Jasper, Missouri, and Peggy & husband Edgar Cardenas of Wichita, Kansas; five step-children Kimberly & husband Sammye Telford of Lakin, Kansas, Lori & husband Mike Hamblen of Lakin, Kansas, Cindy & husband Chad Ginest of Watkins, Colorado, Kevin & wife Judy Hagemann of Connorsville, Indiana, & Rick & wife Barb Yakel of Lakin, Kansas; a brother Kenneth Weber of Fowler, Kansas; 8 grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, and 12 step-great grandchildren. John is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Charles Weber and Louie Weber; a sister Betty Stewart, and two grandsons.
Funeral service were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City with Pastor Justin Weber officiating. Graveside Service were held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Fowler Cemetery in Fowler, Kansas. The family requests memorials given to the Garden City Municipal Band in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City, Ks. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.