Donald J. Weidler, 91, formerly of East Springfield, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at Pleasant Ridge Manor.
He was born July 8, 1923, in Cranesville, a son of the late Donald A. and Rachel G. (Graham) Weidler.
Don graduated from the Albion High School in 1941, and began working in the area. Immediately following the Attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, Don felt it his duty to enlist in the US Navy. Following his deployment to the South Pacific aboard the USS Carrier Intrepid, he served as a Signalman 2nd Class (SM2c) and received five battle stars for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, later receiving two battle stars for the Philippine Liberation Campaign. Upon his discharge from the US Navy, he returned to the area and worked as a lineman for Penelec for a number of years.
He was a life member of the Girard American legion Post #494 in Girard, and Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
. He had been a Firefighter
in Harmonsburg for many years, and enjoyed playing sports in his younger years, coaching the Glenwood league later in life. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed the NASCAR races.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Donald J. Weidler in 1970, also a sister, Marjorie Haranin, and a brother, Frank E. Weidler.
Don will be greatly missed by his family which include his daughter, Teri A. Weidler and her fiancé John Muir of Waterford; three sons, Patrick E. Weidler of East Springfield, Michael L. Weidler (Judith A.) of Girard, John C. Weidler of East Springfield; a brother, Duane Weidler of Tucson, Ariz.; a stepbrother, William Weidler (Beverly) of Girard; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours observed. Services will be private, by the family.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Edder Funeral Home, Inc., Girard
Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 7, 2014