Edmund Weber

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Weber, Colonel Edmund Galen
U.S. Army (Retired) passed away Tuesday evening, April 24th, at home in Tempe, following a lengthy illness. He was with his loving wife while his beloved Phoenix Suns team played a game in the background. He was 83 years old. Ed Weber was the loving and devoted husband of Patricia A. (Webb) Weber. This was the year of their 60th wedding anniversary. He was born in Minot, North Dakota on December 30th, 1928, the son of the late William P. Weber and the late Hilda (Shoenwald) Weber. "Big Ed", as he was known to family, friends and associates, was a highly respected leader in all of the military and civilian roles to which he lent his talents. He began his lifelong love of sports as a scholarship athlete at the University of North Dakota, where he played Varsity Basketball, Football, and Track. While at the University of North Dakota he was voted NCAA All American for Basketball. He was honored in 2004 as an "Athlete of the Century" by the University of North Dakota for his basketball prowess. He joined the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant when the Korean War broke out, leaving his third year of Law School at UND to volunteer for military service. His passion for service and his charismatic leadership moved him quickly through the ranks resulting in a distinguished military career, serving in conflicts throughout the world as a proud member of the 101st Airborne Division, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the XVIII Airborne Corps. He was decorated for his military achievements in the conflicts in Korea, Lebanon, and Viet Nam, as well as his significant contributions to the local communities in which they fought. Ed retired and moved his family to their adopted home of Tempe, AZ in 1979, where he received a second degree from Arizona State University. He then went on to work tirelessly and enthusiastically organizing athletic programs for the City of Tempe. His passion for life inspired his troops, his teams, the charities he led and his extended family. His passing leaves a void in his community of friends and family, and he will be deeply missed. He was the loving father of Terry Weber of Oklahoma City, OK; Nicole Weber and her husband, Andy Thacker, of Gold Canyon, AZ; Mary Pat Butler and her husband, Rick Butler, of Phoenix, AZ; Michelle Westbrook and her husband, Steve Westbrook, of Los Angeles, CA; Ed Weber and his wife, Jane Weber, of Chandler, AZ and Joey Canipe and her husband, Calan Canipe, of Charlotte, NC. He was a loving and engaged grandfather to his eleven grandchildren, Shane Westbrook of Newport Beach, CA; Kyle Westbrook of St. Louis, MO; Reid Butler of Phoenix, AZ; Drew Butler of Phoenix, AZ; Samantha Weber of Chandler, AZ; Ian Patterson of Oklahoma City, OK; Galen Patterson of Oklahoma City, OK; Tristan Thacker of Gold Canyon, AZ; Nicole Westbrook of Los Angeles, CA; Dylan Canipe of Charlotte, NC and Molly Canipe of Charlotte, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 27th, at The Church of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 E. Libra, Tempe, AZ 85283. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Vincent de Paul Society, 420 W. Watkins Road, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 27, 2012
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