JAMES E. WEAVER, 80 FREEPORT - James E. Weaver, 80, of Freeport, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Stephenson Nursing Center. Born November 7, 1932, at his grandmother's house in Polo, he was the son of Albert and Pearl (Boomgarden) Weaver. He married Donna Knodle on December 24, 1954. Jim graduated from Freeport High School in 1950. In his early years he was employed as a pinsetter at the bowling alley. He worked as a machinist for Barber Colman in Rockford and Loves Park for 29 years. He also worked for Star Manufacturing in Freeport, was a cement finisher, part time over the road trucker, and bulk U.S. Mail Driver. Jim was a proud Korean Veteran and lifetime member of Freeport VFW Post 998. "Jimbo" as he liked to be called, enjoyed camping, fishing, and was a motorcyclist for most of his life. He volunteered in Scouting as a Webelos Den Leader and Troop Committee Chairman when his son was a Scout. He served as a Leader when his grandson was a Cub Scout. Jim took pride in his grandchildren and enjoyed an interest in their activities. Surviving are his daughters, Patricia Turnham and Tanya Weaver, both of Freeport; his son, Randy (Joanne) Weaver of Freeport; grandchildren, Gabriel Goldsmith, Megan Bryant, Catheryn Turnham, Seth Weaver, Alexzandria Schmoll, Zachary (Sarah) Weaver, Adam Weaver, Noah Weaver; several great- grandchildren; and his number two son, Phil (Abagail) Scheider. He was preceded in death by his parents; and special aunt, Nina Schoen. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Walker Mortuary. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Walker Mortuary, and from 10 a.m. to time of service on Friday at Walker Mortuary. A memorial has been established. Please visit www.walkermortuary.com to leave a condolence.
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Published in The Journal-Standard on July 10, 2013