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John Howard Weir

John Weir

John Howard Weir, 90, of Carrollton passed away Nov. 29, 2012, from complications of Parkinson's Disease with family at his bedside.

Son of the late John B. and Odessa Mae (Close) Weir, he was born March 21, 1922, at the family homestead in Washington Twp. and lived most of his life there working as a dairy farmer.  He attended elementary school nearby at a one-room school, the Weir School. John graduated from Carrollton High School in 1939 and later returned to teach agricultural classes for a few years after attending The Ohio State University.

John was very devoted to his wife of 66 years, Ruth Morris (deceased 2011), whom he married June 29, 1945.  They raised five children, Alan (Leanna) Weir, Beverly Weir (deceased 2001), Tom (Kitty) Weir, Barbara Weir Polburn and Vicki (Dwight) Roseler. In addition, there are nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by sister, Alice Weir, and brothers, James and Dr. Samuel "Doc" Weir.

He was a very active member of his community throughout his life, including serving on the Ohio Farm Bureau State Board of Trustees, and as a state director of Landmark, Inc. for several years.  He was awarded the Carroll County Farmer of the Year in 1957.

In his beloved Carroll County, John was past president of Farm Bureau, president of Township Trustees and Clerks Association, a 4-H club advisor, Pomona Grange master, Republican Party chairman, and on the board of directors and secretary/treasurer of Tuscarawas Valley Mental Health Center.

In recent years, John was a board member of Regional Planning Commission and Community Improvement Corporation, treasurer of Carroll Hills Workshop Non-Profit Board, member of the Camera Club, Ruritans, Chamber of Commerce and Pelicans Club.  He was a lifelong member of the Carroll County Historical Society and CHS Alumni.  He volunteered at the Carrollton Senior Friendship Center and was a lifelong member and former elder and treasurer of Corinth United Presbyterian Church in Mechanicstown.

John enjoyed the Cleveland Indians, the OSU Buckeyes, and boating on the Ohio River.  He highly valued education and lifelong learning opportunities.  Upon retirement from farming, John and Ruth built a new home in Carrollton and were able to enjoy extensive traveling abroad and throughout the United States of America.  Some of his favorite trips were white water rafting and camping through the Grand Canyon and cruising Alaska, Greece and the Panama Canal.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, a friend to all, and will be deeply missed.

Calling hours are Monday, Dec. 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home in Carrollton.  Funeral services will be Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Mechanicstown Cemetery.

Donations in John's memory may be sent to Carrollton Schools Alumni Foundation, Inc., PO Box 609, Carrollton, OH 44615 or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 (www.pdf.org)

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