John Lawrence Weber

Services for John Lawrence Weber age 82 of Palestine will be held at 10 a.m., Texas, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Jonathan Frels officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

Mr. Weber passed away Friday, December 31, 2021.

John Lawrence Weber was born to Lawrence and Magdalene Weber in Grand Forks, N.D. on Aug. 29 of 1939. “Papa John,” as he was known by many of his family & friends, was a treasured husband, dad, son, grandfather, uncle, and friend to all. He enjoyed playing golf, making sausage, manicuring yards, wood working and most of all, spending time with his family. John rarely complained, had an incredible work ethic, was perpetually thankful and kind, always found the good in people, had a contagious sense of humor and was a man of his word. The world would be a better place with more Papa John’s. 

John spent his childhood in North Dakota working on the family farm. After graduating high school, he received a degree from Aakers Business College and served our country in the United States Army. Upon honorable discharge, he returned home and started Weber’s Meats and Grocery in Reynolds, N.D., and shortly thereafter married the love of his life Clara Volk on Nov. 9, 1964. After 30 years in business, John and Clara moved to North Carolina to semi-retire and play golf, with their two sons joining them shortly. Not long after, the boys moved to Texas, John and Clara joined them in 2005 to be with their families as they grew. Palestine has been their home since that time. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in North Dakota. 

John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Clara Volk Weber, sons, Larry J. Weber and wife Ellen of Palestine, and Jason J. Weber and wife Mandie of Athens, Texas, sisters, Delores Craft and her (deceased husband Ray), Mary Eliason and husband Larry, one brother Bill Weber and wife Beth, three grand children, Hannah, Lawson and Jasie.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Joel Thompson, Joey Fitzgerald, Matt Weber, Alan Buckland, David Volk, Brian Volk, and Scott Fowler. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Ray Bedre and Jerry Sieg.

A visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. In addition to the funeral service, there will be a celebration of life on Jan. 11, 2022 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Reynolds, ND at 5 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 503 N. Queen St., Palestine, TX 75801.

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