A wonderful and blessed man, Fred Jacob Weber, gently slipped the bonds of earth and soared aloft on December 2, 2012. The world is a better place for his having been here and has been lessened by his departure. God bless Fred and keep him safe in your loving arms for eternity.
Fred Jacob Weber, age 87, was born May 24, 1925 to George and Mina Weber in San Antonio, Texas; he attended schools and resided there until December 12, 1941. Fred was a member of the ROTC at Fox Tech High School when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Fred's brother John told us that Fred went to school Monday (Dec 9) and after school he went straight to the Navy Recruiting Office and joined the Navy. He had altered his birth certificate because he was not old enough to join without his parent's signature. He was at sea in the Pacific four months before his 17th birthday. He signed up for a 6 year hitch and at the completion of military duty he came home and worked as a helper in the electrical trade. After a year he joined the Coast Guard and served 20+ years. In addition to tours of duty in the South Pacific, i.e., Guam and Japan, he sailed to seaports from the Aleutian chain of Alaska to the shores of Newfoundland via the Panama Canal.
Fred returned on leave to San Antonio, Texas to visit his brother and family and to marry Patsy Colleen Williams in January 1953. That marriage endured for almost 60 years. Three children were born during that time, two in different states, and one in the then Territory of Alaska. After retirement, the family returned to their beloved Alaska where Fred pursued another career with the IBEW electrical trade union #1547 until 1988. He continued summer employment with the State of Alaska ferry system during the tourist seasons for about 5 years.
Fred enjoyed many years of Masonic work, holding various offices, rising to the level of 33rd degree Mason. The 33rd is an honorary title granted by the Masons to 32rd degree Masons that truly distinguish themselves. Fred was also an active member of the Juneau, Alaska Shrine Club. For 23 years he performed a voluntary position as Hospital Chairman in the Shrine Club, helping crippled children and burn victims from Southeast Alaska obtain the medical care at several Shrine hospitals, a job he dearly loved. He received the Al Aska Shrine Club SAMSAR AWARD given for "years of dedicated service to the kids of Juneau." Along with his wife Patsy; he held offices in the Order of Eastern Star. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW-Juneau, a member of the Alaska Chapter of the National Sojourners which is part of the Masonic family and a member of the First Baptist Church in Wimberley. Other interests included reading, stamp and coin collecting.
His love of fishing and hunting in SE Alaska gave him a reason to build a smoke house on his property in Douglas, Alaska for halibut, salmon and black cod.
He and his wife returned to the hill country in Wimberley, Texas at the beginning of 2005.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents (George Weber, Mina Nelson and stepfather Walter Nelson, and his son James D. (Jim). He is survived by his wife, Patsy, daughter Elissa Weber-Bradley (Ted), daughter Deanna McClain (Tom Buxton), two granddaughters (Christyna and Brittany McClain), his brother John and wife Dorothy, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
A memorial service to Celebrate and Honor this wonderful man were held Friday, December 7, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, Wimberley, Texas. Fred was an honorable man, respected by his peers, and beloved by his family. His memory is implanted in the hearts of many and his presence is sorely missed by his family and friends. His wife, Patsy, may be reached at 1 Cripple Creek Court, Wimberley, Texas 78676.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10, 2013