Known as Bob, Chewpa, Robert, Pops, Grandpa, Father, Dad and Number One Supreme Ruler Forever and Ever, Robert Harris Weaver was killed in a bear attack on June 6, 2013, at his beloved cabin on George Lake. |
The cabin was originally a brain child of his dad, his brothers and himself. The one main cabin developed into two cabins and pretty soon it became known as either The Weaverville or the Taj Mahal of George Lake.
Bob was often seen flying his power paraglider in the skies of Fairbanks, the blue and yellow wing silhouetted against the sky. He swooped down and explored, flying early in the morning or late at night, depending on the weather, wind and temperature.
He was born Feb. 27, 1949, to Rex and Thelma Weaver in Ogden, Utah, the second of six children. The oldest was Dennis, followed by Clark, Lee, Mike and Merrilee. After graduating from Weber State College with a degree in electrical engineering, Bob came to Alaska, joining his brothers, Dennis and Lee, for the summer, hoping to earn more money to return for a masters degree at the University of Utah.
The fates had other ideas, and he went to California to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served from 1972 to 1974. After his mission, he married "Pretty Girl," "Beautiful Lady," "Chewma," Roberta Tegerdine, on March 9, 1974, in the Oakland, Calif., temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for time and all eternity. They drove to Alaska where Bob worked 30 years for the city of Fairbanks, and where their six children were born and raised: "Pedro" (Peter), "Cindy Lou" (Cindy), "Big Bad John" (John), "Beeka" (Becky), "Wee Willy" (Billy) and "Brittany-Babe" (Brittany).
He introduced them to the fine art of moose nugget wars with homemade slingshots while going on various and sundry camping trips up the East Fork of the Chena River and across to George Lake.
He had a great time in his life with his family and we will always remember Chewpa.
The funeral is at 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at the chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 304 Lazelle Road, in Fairbanks, across from Seekins Ford. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 12, 2013