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Robert Avery Weaver b. 23 Aug 1924 Fisher, Champaign Co., IL d. 4 Jul 2014 Peoria, Peoria Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Robert Avery Weaver

Male 1924 - 2014  (89 years)


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  • Name Robert Avery Weaver  [1
    Born 23 Aug 1924  Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Jul 2014  Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I12962  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2019 

    Father Avery Thomas Weaver,   b. 18 Feb 1889, Brookston, White Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1972, Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Magdelina Kathryn (Lena) Ingold,   b. 14 Jul 1891, Ford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1978, Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 14 Dec 1909  Centreville, St. Joseph, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F3080  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Virginia Garber,   b. 1 Jun 1923, Eureka, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 2015, Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 3 Jun 1945 
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F9078  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Aug 1924 - Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jul 2014 - Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/obituaries/robert-weaver/article_94c63cb6-28a8-5099-b752-ede614b0aef0.html July 06, 2014 12:00 am
      PEORIA — Robert Avery Weaver, 90, of Peoria, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Friday (July 4, 2014) at his home on the farm surrounded by his family.
      Bob will be remembered for being a Christian gentleman of high character and compassionate for his fellow man.
      He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Virginia Garber Weaver. He is also survived by his children, Jerry (Nancy) Weaver, Phyllis (Don) Crouch, Steve (Shelley) Weaver, Karen (Bob Vespa) Weaver and Chuck (Laurie) Weaver, and sister, Darlene Weaver. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by his parents, Avery and Lena Weaver; and siblings, Florence Baltz Simonson, Opal Wilson, Glenn Weaver, Dorothy Birkey and Dr. Floyd Weaver.
      Bob was born Aug. 25, 1923, on a farm in Fisher. It was there he borrowed money to purchase his first Angus heifer at age 12.
      He moved to Peoria County to farm Robin’s Nest Farm owned by Murray Baker in 1942. It was in Peoria that Bob and Virginia met at Ann Street Mennonite Church. His Christian faith that was deepened there would be the compass that would direct his life. He and Virginia later attended First United Methodist of Peoria.
      Bob and Virginia purchased what would become Weaver Angus Farm in Peoria in 1948. From humble beginnings, Bob built Weaver Enterprises into a successful, diversified family business on the principles of hard work, integrity and vision.
      A pivotal event took place in 1964, when Bob and Colonel Harlan Sanders agreed to a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise partnership over a hand shake. Over the years, several KFC franchises would form the nucleus of Weaver Enterprises.
      Always a farmer at heart, Bob also owned one of the premier herds of Black Angus cattle in the country. He enjoyed exhibiting his pleasure driving horses at competitions and events throughout the country as well as Canada and England.
      Bob was honored to serve on a number of charitable boards but his favorite title was that of Grandpa, even to those who were not his actual grandchildren.
      Bob was a founder of Youth Farm and particularly enjoyed his years of service on the Salvation Army advisory board, where he was an emeritus board member, as well as the recipient of the William Booth Award and the “Others” award.
      He was a member of New York Coaching Club and Coaching Club of England; an honorary life director of The Carriage Association of America; president of Illinois Angus Association; recipient of the Pioneer Angus Breeder Award; honoree in the American Angus Association Heritage Hall of Fame; president of Mennonite Relief Sale; member of the board of governors of Royal Winter Fair in Toronto; member of Youth for Christ board; and honoree of the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame.
      Bob and Virginia were jointly honored as the Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropists of the Year, as well as being Easter Seals Tribute Dinner honorees.
      The family is grateful for the excellent care given him by Andrea, Chelsea, Rahula and Rita, as well as Methodist Hospice.
      Memorial gifts may be given to Salvation Army Heartland Division, Easter Seals UCP or The First United Methodist Church of Peoria.
      Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m Monday at First United Methodist Church, Peoria. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. A private family burial we be prior to the memorial service. The family will also greet friends following the service.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/132395635/robert-avery-weaver.

    2. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/138902200/avery-thomas-weaver.


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