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David R. Weaver, Sr.

David R. Weaver, Sr.

David R. Weaver, 73, of Ephrata, PA, died peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Thursday, July 4, 2019 after a 35 year battle with Parkinson Disease.

Dave was born to the late Wilbur E. and Leona R. Weaver on October 28, 1945 and grew up in Elizabethtown, PA.

Dave is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Kathryn Long Weaver; four children and five grandchildren: daughter, Wendy Weaver White, son, David R. Weaver, Jr., husband of Paula Moyer Weaver, with grandchildren: Leah Kate and Aiden Paul Weaver, daughter, Amy Weaver Ledger, wife of Fredrick Leger with grandchildren: Z. Cole, A. Chase, and M. Connor Ledger, and son, Matthew Douglas Weaver; and two brothers: Daniel R. Weaver of Sandy, Oregon and Wilbur R. Weaver of Elizabethtown, PA.

Dave was a graduate of Hershey Vocational High School and McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas.

He began his Industrial Arts teaching career in 1967 at Warwick High School in Lititz, PA, where he taught for six years.  In 1973, he started teaching at Ephrata Middle School and retired from there in 1997.

In addition to the students he taught in his class, Dave also helped train many student teachers from Millersville University.

Dave had a passion for building things and as a teacher he shared that love with his students, who still have many of the useful projects he had them build in his class.

Dave had a love for life and used his talents in many areas.  Besides building and remodeling, he built sets for plays, ran a sound business with his children, DJ'd for WIOV, was active in HAM Radio (KA3CNK) and enjoyed boating and fishing.

He designed and built a very unique home for his family.  The duodecillion shaped home attracted a lot of attention.

He loved his children and grandchildren, in addition to his relatives that he joked and laughed with at family reunions.  He will be missed by all.  We loved his zest for life and look forward to being with him again at the resurrection.

There will be a visitation from 1-2 p.m. and memorial service for David at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20th at Gravenor Home For Funerals, 100 W. Main St., Ephrata, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org) and/or Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster (www.hospiceconnect.org).

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Times like this are never easy. Deepest sympathy to you all. Mr. Weaver will never be forgotten. I remember the good times I had with him in wood shop, like the shock game. I have a lot of great fishing memories as well, out on the boat. The family is in my thoughts. -Richard Stevenson Jr.
~ Richard Stevenson
It was touching to read how David influenced students and others over so many years. As a physician, I met David after his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. He and his family volunteered to participate in our long-term studies that seek find clues about PD progression to be used to find better treatments and maybe even “cures.” Participating in our research program is a service to science and to future patients with Parkinson’s disease, but has no direct benefit to David or his family. Yet David and Kathryn gave their time and energy over many years to support us. Our whole research and care team at Penn State is saddened by his passing, but we will never forget him.
~ Xuemei Huang & Translational Brain Research Center
Always will remember having Mr. Weaver as 7th grade drawing teacher at Warwick in 1968. Nice man and a good teacher. Condolences to the family.
~ Dave Watts
Dear Mrs. Weaver and all of Mr. Weaver's family, I send my deepest sympathies to all of you during this very difficult time. I was a student of Mr. Weaver's at Ephrata Junior High and I have many memories of his kindness toward me in class and his willingness and ability to teach anyone. As an adult, when I'm stripping another screw, I chuckle to myself thinking about how Mr. Weaver wouldn't accept that and would allow me to do it over... in my life today I just leave it as is until I have to fix it down the road. He would disapprove, I know, but chuckle at my ability to still strip a perfectly good screw. A talent I've always had and I think he secretly chuckled at himself. On days when I needed it most, after constant bullying in school, he knew exactly the right things to say and the right way to make any person feel better about themselves. He was a true GEM of a teacher. The world needs more of Mr. Weaver in our schools! He is now at peace with our creator, building anything and everything he could think up and I pray that you all find comfort in knowing this. He was always friendly and kind to my Mother and that is something I always noticed as she was a substitute teacher in the area and not always were others kind. Praying for strength, peace and comfort for you all. Sincerely, Dee Sokol
~ Dorothy "Dee" C. Rauch-Sokol
Mrs. Weaver, I was a student of your husband when I was in 8th grade. I have fond memories of Industrial Arts class and the formation of the radio station, WEJH at Ephrata Jr. High. I appreciated his sincerity and desire to teach all of us. I leaned many things from Mr. Weaver and I am thankful for his investment into my life and the lives of all he encountered. Your family is in my prayers. Tim
~ Tim Cardascia
I only had the privilege of meeting Dave n Kathy this year. I met their daughter Amy. I also got to meet the rest of the family through pictures. The home Dave built was unique and lovely. He put up a long hard fight. I pray the family will be able to get through this sad time by remembering the good and happy memories. I pray for you to have peace and appreciate the time you had with Dave.
~ Mary Lou Eckerd
cousin dave will be missed
~ Henry Reinhold

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