Richard Samuel Weaver
November. 2, 1919 - July 27, 2014
Samuel Weaver, 94, of Dale Enterprise, passed from death to eternal
life with Christ on Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was born on Nov. 2,
1919, in the family home on Park Place in Harrisonburg, and was a son
of the late Henry David and Sallie (Wenger) Weaver. He grew up in Park
View and graduated from EMHS and EMC with a bachelor degree in Bible.
During high school he worked at Shenandoah Manufacturing, and then
later worked in plumbing and refrigeration. During WWII, drafted as a
conscientious objector, he was first stationed at Harrisburg State
Mental Hospital (Pennsylvania), and then later banding birds at
Medaryville, Ind. He returned to Harrisonburg, flying a biplane from
Hartman Airport to his last assignment in Kalispell, Mont., where he
was a pilot, flight trainer and camp director for the smokejumpers.
He was ordained as a minister by lot in Virginia Mennonite Conference
in 1948, taking his first pastorate at churches in Job, Lambert, and
Witmer, W.Va. He returned to Park View in 1954 and began Weaver Audio
He was the announcer on The Mennonite Hour radio program for many
years. He later operated Weaver Hams Inc. From the 1950s to the 1970s,
he pastored Broad Street Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, a racially
integrated congregation during the time of legal segregation. He also
pastored New Covenant Mennonite Church, Hopewell Mennonite Church in
Morgantown, Pa., and retired from Staunton Mennonite Church.
In 1936, he was licensed as an amateur radio operator as W3HXH, and
enjoyed his ham radio friends until his passing. He loved people and
also often went to the mountains to meditate, pray, and sometimes
hunt. One of his favorite sayings was “keep looking up!” For many
years he operated the Dale Enterprise Weather Station, the third
oldest in the U.S., which was begun in 1868 by his wife’s grandfather,
Bishop L.J. Heatwole. He and his wife traveled with the Wally Byam
Airstream Club for many years. He also volunteered in many
organizations, including Rockingham RELAY, Mennonite Disaster Service
communications, and Red Cross, managing communications during the 1985
flood in Rockingham and Pendleton counties. On March 14, 1946, he
married the former Virginia Elizabeth Grove of Sunnyside Presbyterian
Retirement Community, who survives.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Weaver is survived by a son, Robert E.
Weaver of Dale Enterprise; a sister, Janet (Morris) Yoder of VMRC; a
brother, Henry (Mary) Weaver Jr., of Goshen, Ind.; his late son’s
wife, Anne Weaver of Broadway; a granddaughter, Kimberly (Joe) Weaver
Rocco of San Rafael, Calif.; a grandson, Richard Scott (Shauna) Weaver
of Harrisonburg; five great-grandchildren, Zach, Zoe, Zeno, Zane, and
Zeta Rose Rocco, and a special family friend, Maria Nordman of Los
He was preceded in death by a son, Ralph C. Weaver, a sister, Virginia
Driver, and a brother, Cleo Weaver.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 10:30
a.m. at Weavers Mennonite Church with Pastor Phil Kanagy officiating.
Viewing will be at the church from 9:30 to 10:30. Burial will follow
at Weavers Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 at
the Meredith Chapel of Sunnyside Retirement Community. Friends may
also call at the funeral home anytime Tuesday.