Memorial services for retired Col. Gene Allen Weaver, 90, of Harker Heights, will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on a date to be determined.
Mr. Weaver died Feb. 25, 2018, in Columbia, S.C. He was born Oct. 27, 1928, to Artie Henderson Weaver and Annie Drusilla Weaver (Brinker) in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
After graduating from East Texas State University, Mr. Weaver joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 13, 1950. Following Officer Candidate School at Fort Riley, Kansas, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Armor career field. During his 28-year-long career, he served at a variety of locations, including two tours in Germany and two tours in Vietnam. Mr. Weaver served in a number of command and staff positions in Armor and Cavalry units, as well as on the Army Staff at the Pentagon, with special emphasis on operations, training, and personnel functions.
His military schooling included the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. While on active duty, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Oklahoma. His awards and decorations include the Senior Parachutists Badge, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
After retiring from active duty, Mr. Weaver continued to serve the Army as the Director of Army Instruction for the Denver Public School System’s Junior Army ROTC program. After six years in Denver, Colorado, he moved to McAllen, TX, where he served as the director of Army Instruction for the Junior Army ROTC program at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School for an additional 10 years.
Gene retired from JROTC work in 1994, and moved with his wife, Dorothy, to Harker Heights. Upon arrival in Harker Heights, Mr. and Mrs. Weaver joined East Side Baptist Church in Killeen, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon for over 19 years. He also served as a Gideon in various leadership positions at the Camp and State levels during his time in Texas.
Additionally, Mr. Weaver was an active volunteer in the Central Texas community, and served in a variety of positions on the Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries Board, the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club, and the Harker Heights Planning and Zoning Commission.
In 2014, Gene and Dorothy moved to Chapin, S.C., to be near their oldest son, Brett, and their youngest son, Kurt, who lives in Virginia.
Mr. Weaver will be forever remembered as wonderful family man, and dedicated soldier in both the U.S. Army and the Army of God.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Weaver was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Faye Weaver (McLaughlin); his son, retired Col. Brett Harold Weaver; and his brother, Lanny Don Weaver.
Survivors include his son, retired Col. Kurt Allen Weaver (wife Debbi) and his daughter-in-law, Susan Weaver. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren (oldest to youngest) Aubrey Wood (husband Todd), Madelyn Weaver; Chad Weaver (wife Anna), Derek Weaver (wife Ksenia), Clint Weaver, and Ally Rivers (husband Parker); great-grandchildren (oldest to youngest) Ava Kate, Thomas, Charlotte, Caroline, Damian, Elizabeth and Daniella.
Memorials in Mr. Weaver’s memory can be made to Gideon’s International, Wycliffe Bible Translation (designate for Tom and Robyn Crabtree in Nigeria), or Kids Alive International (designate for Betsy Baker in Guatemala).
Caughman-Harman Funeral Home and Lexington Chapel are in charge of family arrangements. Offer condolences at www.caughmanharmanfuneralhome.net.