Robert F. Weber, the former mayor of Chardon, passed away Good Friday, April 6, 2012, at the age of 90 after a long illness.
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He was born Sept. 9, 1921, in Chester, Pa.
Mr. Weber entered the United States Navy during World War II. He served in the so-called ""Secret War in China"" with SACO, the Sino America Cooperative Organization, a precursor group to the Navy Seals. After extensive training in the Florida swamps, he was deployed to India and China.
In China, he worked with the local population gathering intelligence for potential landing sites for amphibious attacks on Japanese strongholds. At the war's end, he returned to Pennsylvania, planning to rejoin the shipyard, where he had worked as a welder before enlistment.
Using the GI Bill, he enrolled at Bowling Green State University and graduated with a degree in business. It was at Bowling Green that he met Lucille Nobili, whom he later married. They settled in Chardon.
Mr. Weber joined TRW as a welder and eventually rose to become a director of purchasing during his 35 year career at TRW. While at TRW, he attended night classes at Cleveland Marshall Law School (now Cleveland State), earning his law degree in 1958, and thereafter practicing law part-time in Geauga County.
After retiring from TRW, he joined the staff of the Geauga County Police Prosecutor's Office and also worked with the late Probate Court Judge Frank G. Lavrich.
Active in the community affairs, Mr. Weber served as Chardon Village councilman and council president, as well as serving as mayor from 1977 to 1980. He devoted much of his time to youth activities, including work with the Boy Scouts, Little League and PTA. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish in Chardon since 1953, serving on its building and finance committees.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille; children, Robert C. (Linda Brediger) of New Canaan, Conn., and Cynthia Gage (Beto) of Chardon; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the Church of St. Mary, 401 North St., Chardon, OH 44024. Father Timothy Kalista will officiate services.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., (Route 44, 500 feet south of Route 6/Chardon Square), Chardon. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Robert F. Weber Scholarship Fund at Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02819.
Information and online condolences at www.burrservice.com.
Published in www.News-Herald.com on Apr. 10, 2012