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WILLIAM FRANKLIN WEEKS William Franklin Weeks, age 89 of Vero Beach, died October 6,
2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Beatrice Weeks, of Vero Beach. He was born in Kellysville, WV on September 18, 1924, the son of William and Florence (Neeley). He was one of 9 siblings who have all preceded him in death except his brother, Charles Weeks of Princeton, WV. On January 10, 1942, he married Martha Jane Bell, who preceded him in death in 1974. Together they had 7 children: Elsie (Everett)Wilson, Dorothea (Randy) Chamberlain, Willa Wilson, Deanna White, William (Debra) Weeks, Jackie (James) Downing, and Myra (Gary) Lowry. He was drafted into the Armed Forces on July 6, 1943 and served proudly in the Army during WWII until his Honorable Discharge on December 2, 1945. Battles included Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received several decorations and citations, including the Good Conduct Metal. After returning from the war, he moved his family to Michigan. In 1953 he began working for General Motors Corporation, where he worked for 28 years, retiring in 1980. He had a love for cars and could repair anything that was given to him. On March 8, 1975, he married Beatrice Zimmer of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Along with a wonderful wife, he welcomed 4 stepchildren, Gary, Sherri, Kurt, and Amy. In 1986, he and Beatrice moved to Vero Beach, Florida, to enjoy retirement. They loved boating, dancing, bowling, traveling, going to art shows, but most of all entertaining family. Family was very important to him; his legacy will live for many years to come. He leaves behind 23 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 4 great, great, grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 18th, at 4:00 p.m. at Unity of Vero Beach, 950 43rd Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A private memorial and interment will follow in Commerce, Michigan.
Published in the TC Palm on Oct. 16, 2013