James "Pete"-Weist-Obituary

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James "Pete" Edward Weist

Perryton, Texas

Oct 31, 1950 – Sep 11, 2021 (Age 70)


October 31, 1950
September 11, 2021
Perryton, Texas


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Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home - Perryton Obituary

Pastor James Edward “Pete” Weist of Darrouzett, TX died September 11, 2021 in Perryton, TX.  A funeral and burial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Darrouzett Cemetery, Bishop Michael Girlinghouse officiating.  Visitation will be from 9 am – 9 pm Friday, September 17 at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Booker, TX.  Arrangements under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Perryton.  Services will be broadcast live on the Boxwell Brothers Facebook page for those who wish to watch.  There is a link on the Boxwell Brothers website (www.boxwellbros.com) to access the Facebook page.

James “Pete” was born on October 31, 1950 to James B. and Marie (Rinke) Weist in Forest Lake, MN.  He graduated from Hill High School, Maplewood, MN, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.  He worked as a golf caddy in high school and went to the University of Minnesota on an Evans Scholarship for golf caddies. He enjoyed watching or playing several sports.  He enjoyed whitewater canoeing.

He married Carol Ann Field, September 9, 1973, at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN.  He worked for several businesses in the Minneapolis area.  He enjoyed sharing music, singing, guitar, piano, and organ.  He accompanied many vocal students over the years in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Texas.

He served as a lay pastor for several Lutheran congregations in northwestern North Dakota, went to study at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and came back to northwestern North Dakota to serve a five point parish:  Holy Cross – Powers Lake, Bethel – Battleview, Trinity – rural Kenmare, Elmdale – Niobe, Bethlehem – (Coulee).  He also served as a Powers Lake volunteer EMT. His last official call was to Bethel Lutheran Church in Avoca, TX.  As a retired pastor, he helped his wife serve St. Paul’s Lutheran, Darrouzett, TX in many ways, including generously sharing his musical gift.  He is a gifted storyteller and loved to cook and tend the parsonage yard.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Darrouzett, TX; daughter, Ruth Earsley of Tyler, TX and her fiancé, David Camp; grandchildren, Patrick Weist of College Station, TX, Candance “Candi” Earsley of Tulsa, OK, and Jeremy Earsley of Tyler, TX; siblings, Mary Blood (John Hubert) of Elk River, MN, Barbara Blood (Dennis) of North St. Paul, MN, John (Karen) Weist of Forest Lake, MN, Marie Irwin (David) of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Ann Sawatzky of Bloomington, MN; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as Father Leonard Eckroth (mother’s cousin and story teller) of Hague, ND; father-in-law James Field (Arlene Anderson) of Shakopee, MN; sister-in-laws Nancy Field Thiel of Rosemount, MN, and Linda Sederstrom (Scott) of Bonners Ferry, ID; and brother-in-law Roger Field (Tammy) of Hutchinson, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James B. and Marie Weist; brothers, Michael Weist and Frank Weist; brother-in-law, Charles Blood; nephew, Ryan Weist; uncle, Francis (story teller); aunt, Mary Rinke; and mother-in-law, Mary Louise (Markley) Field.

He faced his various medical challenges with persistent courage.  A special thank you to the medical community for their faithful help over the years.

Memorials are welcome to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 327, Darrouzett, TX 79024, the Panhandle Crisis Center, PO Box 502, Perryton, TX 79070 or Darrouzett Cemetery Association.


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Pete was an awesome person. I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend time with him and Carol when they came up to Minnesota to visit my Dad (and Carol's) and Arlene in June. A very musical person.
Pete, you will be missed. Your sister-in-law Nancy

I've had writer's block all week. How can I say what Pete Weist has meant to me? Just that he was about the dearest friend I ever had. He was the guy who married a girl I was sweet on, a housemate the summer before he got married, my landlord the summer before I got married. He sang at our wedding, played piano at one daughter's wedding, and officiated at our other daughter's wedding. He was godfather at the latter daughter's baptism. He helped talk me into attending a retreat called...

Saddened by the passing of Pastor Pete. Our sympathy to Pastor Carol and the entire family.

I've known Pete since we were teenagers. We were part of a neighborhood group of teenagers on the East Side of St. Paul that had so much fun! At the drop of a hat (and a few phone calls) we could have 20 people assembled for swimming, tubing on the Apple River, playing miniature golf, go-karting, or just hanging out in someone's basement singing folk songs. So glad that Pete and Carol were able to visit my husband Dave and me this past June. We had a great time, deep discussions on...

May the Lord comfort you and your family in this great loss, Carol. Pete truly dedicated his life to the service of his Lord and Savior. Janet (Ausmus) Seever

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I think of Pete as this energetic, enthusiastic and talented pastor. He gave me encouragement when I was struggling with an online seminary course at the beginning of my seminary studies. Pastor Pete has touched so many people through his dedicated ministry.
God’s blessings to you and your family during this difficult time.

my love and prayers are with the family at this time. Beth Morris Messner

"Pastor Pete" was a friend of mine. Met him at Luther Seminary and while taking Greek together. Fait would have it that we served as Pastors together In WND and I was honored to attend his Ordination at Holy Cross in Powers Lake, and also to have followed him in serving that same 5 point parish. Pastor Pete was a well loved Pastor who had a passion for serving Jesus and the Parish consisting of those churches was blessed by his serving them. Well done good and faithful servant.