Former Army Master Sergeant, Robert A. Weaver, 81, of Bath, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Twp., Pa. He was the husband of the former Anita Bonin of Berlin, Germany, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage before her death in 2012.
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Born on March 20, 1933, in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of the late Arthur L. and Irene (Schlager) Weaver. Sergeant Weaver was a 1950 graduate of Dunmore High School and an Eagle Scout of Troop D-4, Dunmore, Pa. He worked as an electrician at Procter & Gamble Co., Mehoopany, Pa., for 17 years until retiring. Before that, he was a retired Army Master Sergeant and 20-year veteran. He served honorably during the Vietnam War.
Following Basic Training at Fort Knox, Ky., Sergeant Weaver was assigned to Army Occupation Forces, Berlin, Germany, where he met and married his wife, Anita. He was involved with Electronic Warfare, and later became the first enlisted man in the Army assigned to Radio Frequency Coordination in support of the U.S. 7th Army.
Returning stateside, he was assigned to Alternate Joint Communications Center, Fort Ritchie, Md., and later transferred to U.S. Army Language School, Monterey, Calif., studying the German language. His next assignment was to military intelligence, working closely with German Federal Forces (Bundeswehr), Customs Border Police and Refugee/Displaced Persons and Illegal Border Crossing in supporting the 11th Armored Cavalry. He transferred as a Fixed Station Controller to the largest U.S. Army Radio Station (AEA) in Pirmasens, Germany. During this time, he supported Back-Up Communications for the Gemini Space Series.
Returning stateside, he was assigned to 5th Army, Fort Sheridan, Ill., providing radio teletype backup for Nuclear Waste, transiting the 5th Army area. Transferring after a short time, he was assigned to U.S. Army Ordinance Center School, as a certified instructor in basic electronics. This short term assignment led to a transfer to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam, for duty with the Defense Communication Agency (Multiservice Organization), responsible for coordinating and controlling voice and teletype channels throughout Vietnam. The Unit was later awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. Returning stateside, he became a certified instructor in Facilities Control/Basic Electronics at U.S. Army Signals Center and School, Fort Monmouth, N.J. During this time, he was summoned to Washington, D.C., for possible duty with White House Communications under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He later declined this opportunity, returning to Vietnam, assigned to 73rd Signal BN in support of seven provinces.
He spent more than 800 hours in helicopters in support of this mission. The unit also serviced medevac support in these provinces. Sergeant Weaver was awarded the Army Commendation ribbon and Bronze Star for this tour. He finished his service at AEA AUTODIN Network, the largest in Europe. He retired from active service June 30, 1972.
He was a member of United Presbyterian Church of Slatington. Earlier in the life, Sergeant Weaver was an Ordained Elder for the Presbyterian Church in Dunmore, Pa., and for the First Presbyterian Church in Nicholson, Pa. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the Bath American Legion, Post 470, Bath.
Surviving are sons, Steffan E. Weaver and his wife, Cindy, Washington, N.J.; Daniel R. Weaver and his wife, Denise, Nazareth; three grandchildren, Justin, Amanda and Matthew Weaver.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald A. Weaver.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 4 p.m. in the Bartholomew Funeral Home, 243 S. Walnut St., Bath, Pa.
Friends may call Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the funeral home. Graveside Services will be held Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Lakeville Cemetery, Route 590, Lakeville, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
BARTHOLOMEW FUNERAL HOME
243 S WALNUT ST Bath, PA 18014-1022
Published in Scranton Times on June 17, 2014