Obituary for Jan. 7, 2013

By Baker City Herald January 07, 2013 11:41 am

‘Hal’ Weaver

Sparta, 1940-2012

Harold “Hal” Weaver, 72, of Sparta died Dec. 29, 2012, at Vista Specialty Care in La Grande. 

There will be a celebration of Hal’s life and a family gathering in the spring in Pennsylvania.

Harold Lee was born on Nov. 17, 1940, at Sellersville, Pa., to Harold and Iona Souder Weaver. He was raised in Collegeville, Pa., graduating from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in 1958. Hal then went on to the University of Washington where he majored in forestry, and he received his doctorate from Washington State University.

Hal and Joan married on May 15, 1965, at Lower Providence Presbyterian Church in Eagleville, Pa., after a childhood friendship renewed at church. 

Hal began his working career as a surveyor for Metzger Engineering. He went on to do contract work with the U.S. Forest Service. Hal also conducted research with U.S. Geological Survey. He also enjoyed raising yearling cattle on his Sparta place.

 A passion and hobby of Hal’s was hiking around the country and around the world. Hal will be fondly remembered for his adventuresome spirit. He was such a kind, warm, brilliant person who preferred a simple lifestyle. In his youth he spent three years in Nepal doing mission work, which affected his thinking about not needing many things in life. 

 Hal was very active in the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church at Halfway. He taught both the teenagers and adults. He participated in any building projects for the church or community. He was a former Pine-Eagle School Board Member and the Pine Valley Youth Fund. He volunteered in weed surveys to eradicate noxious weeds. 

He enjoyed the youth, mentoring them while going on hikes, cross-country skiing and telemark skiing. Hal volunteered to teach math skills to young people and visited a young man in jail. He enjoyed sharing his experience and advice with his nieces and nephews. 

Later in life, Hal enjoyed his daily walks around Sparta Butte taking note of both the wildlife and the plants.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Iona Weaver.

Survivors include his wife, Joan; his brothers, Richard, James, Donald and Steve; his sisters, Mary Lou, Marjorie, Sylvia and Lucie; and several nieces and nephews.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church or the Hilary Bonn Benevolent Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.