Oliver Lee Weller

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  • "Lisa, so sorry Dad had to leave but we know he is well now...."
    - Chris Maier
  • "So very sorry to hear of Lee's passing."
    - Jim Brown
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    - Dave and Sara Coppersmith
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    - Dave and Sara Coppersmith
  • "Sorry for your loss. In my thoughts and prayers."
    - Deb Grove
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Oliver "Lee" Weller, 73, of Cope, SC, and formerly of Westminster, was called home on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Lee was born on July 3rd, 1942 in Hanover, PA, the son of the late George Weller and Catherine Eckar Roop. He was the loving husband of Mary Catherine Steinberg Weller, his wife of 53 years. Lee attended Westminster High School, class of 1960. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and specialized in combat demolitions with the 1st Engineers in Ft. Riley, Kansas, during the Vietnam era. While attached to the First Infantry Division, he served in Germany during the Berlin Crisis of 1961. In 1964, he established the Automotive Repair standard throughout the community. He was the former owner of Lee Weller Auto Service, Westminster Speed and Automotive, and Lee's Automotive, all currently located in Westminster. Lee retired from the Automotive Industry in 2004 to follow his passion for farming, and established a cattle and hay farm in Burlington, West Virginia. In 2009, Lee and Mary fully retired to Cope, South Carolina. He had a passion for drag racing and is recognized for several notable achievements during his 15-year racing career. Lee was a Top Fuel dragster race car driver (1976-77) for Jim and Alison Lee of Plains, VA and later established his own Top Fuel team, partnering with Lon Edwards in 1978. In 1977, he finished 2nd in the nation in the IHRA division and 10th in the nation in the NHRA division. He won the NHRA South-East Division Championship in 1977 and 1978. In 2005, Lee was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the NHRA South-Eastern Division. Lee was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church, and three degree Master Mason, Lodge # 175, AF & AM. Surviving him in addition to his wife are son Gregory S. Weller of Westminster, son and daughter-in-law Christopher T. Weller and Tiffany Westerfield of Hanover, PA, daughter and son-in-law Lisa M. and Bradley N. Hoover Sr. of Westminster; grandsons Bradley N. Hoover, Jr. and wife Ashley of Hanover, PA, Jordan M. Hoover of Westminster; great-grandchildren Molly Capri Hoover and Emerson Lee Hoover; sister Leslie Simons, nephew Rick Simons, niece Kim Simons Wantz of Taneytown; along with his "guardian angels", Wayne and Ashley Dewitte and Kathey Bonnette of South Carolina. He was predeceased by his son Chad Lee Weller. A Celebration of Lee's life will be held in Cope, South Carolina. In addition; the family will receive friends on January 30, 2016 from 11am to 2 pm at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster with a Celebration of Life Service starting at 2pm in the chapel, with Deacon Douglas Kendzierski officiating. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 16, 2016
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