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Robert J. Weaver, D.V.M. 1922-2012
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Robert J. Weaver, D.V.M. 1922-2012

WICHITA -- Robert J. Weaver, D.V.M., 90, died July 12, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, Kan. Born April 24, 1922 at Burlington, Kan., he was the son of Samuel David and Elizabeth Moss (George) Weaver.
He was a 1940 graduate of Burlington High School and on September 20, 1942, he married Mae Kepler. Dr. Weaver was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving with General Patton’s 45th Division and the French 2nd Armored Division.  He was with the group who went through the concentration camp Dachau, the morning after the Allies liberated the camp. He retired as Major in the Army Reserves.
Dr. Weaver was a Great Bend, Kan. resident since 1950 coming from Burlington and Manhattan, Kan. In 1950 he graduated from Kansas State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He was a self-employed veterinarian and was the first supervisor for western Kansas for the new Kansas Meat and Poultry Inspection Board for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, retiring after 19 years of service.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion Argonne Post 180 where he was past commander, 60-year member and past president of Great Bend Kiwanis, Kansas State University Alumni Association, Barton County Historical Society and a past board member, Great Bend Cemetery Board, BPO Elks Lodge #1127, Reserve Officers Association, and Military Officers Association.  He was also the national coordinator of the 250th Field Artillery Battalion Reunion Group.
Survivors include his wife, Mae Weaver, of the home as well as numerous nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Izetta Arvidson and Rachel Dodd.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, with Rev. James A. Strasen officiating.  Interment will follow at Great Bend Cemetery with military rites by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 with the family receiving friends from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Golden Belt Humane Society or Barton County Historical Society, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

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Great Bend, KS    67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 15, 2012