John ‘Jack’ Weber was born on Jan 7th‚ 1932 in Eau Galle‚ WI. He attended Gilmanton Grade School and Mondovi High School. He served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954‚ after the Korean conflict. Jack married Arlene Bauer in August of 1956 (who passed away in March of 1998). Jack has three daughters and son-in-laws: Linda (Terry)‚ Kim (Chuck)‚ and Jackie (Jeff) who thought the world of their dad. He was also blessed with 8 wonderful grandchildren that truly miss their grandpa‚ and 6 great-grandchildren who miss Grandpa’s rocking chair time with them.
Jack had a variety of careers in his life: he farmed‚ worked construction‚ worked at Pope & Talbot Paper Mill‚ and the Eau Claire Area School District‚ where he retired from after 27 years of service. Jack served as a volunteer fireman on the Brunswick Township Fire Department from November 1964 until his death at the Brunswick Fire Station on April 4‚ 2009. He served as battalion chief for 17 years and retired as Deputy Chief on January 1st‚ 1991. Jack was honored with Firefighter of the Year in 1996. He continued to serve as an honorary member/volunteer. He always enjoyed seeing and showing off the new equipment and innovations in firefighting to his family as the years went by.
Jack was a member of the Conservation Club and Fraternity of the Moose. Hunting and fishing were a love of his for many years and he loved teaching the younger children the finer points. Over the years he gathered a variety of interests. He loved traveling on his 1977 Hondamatic motorcycle to visit family and friends‚ morning breakfasts with his retired coworkers. He also enjoyed restoring his 1934 Allis Chalmers Tractor‚ antique shows at Pioneer Park‚ and perfecting his wood working hobby by making birdhouses and lawn ornaments with his friend Darlene. He also enjoyed camping and the great outdoors‚ he spent some time in Montana working for one of the National Parks there. He spent several winter months in Texas dancing and enjoying the sun!
Family was very important to Jack. He went on many family vacations with his siblings‚ including most recently an Alaskan Cruise. Summer Weber reunions were events he truly treasured.
Many referred to Jack as the Gentle Giant‚ and he was never without a smile on his face. He is remembered on the Station 5 memorial stone‚ He served his neighbors with a smile.
Jack will be truly missed by his family and friends; we all cherished every minute‚ and every memory we got to share with him. Heaven is a much better place with him there.