John Weaver, 82, Berlin

John R. Weaver, 82, of Berlin, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Aultman Hospital in Canton.

He was born Oct. 11, 1930, in Berlin Township to the late Eli J. and Mary Ann (Hershberger) Weaver, and was a graduate of Berlin High School.

He was a member of Martins Creek Mennonite Church and was involved with Flat Ridge Mennonite Church in Guernsey County for 25 years.

He joined The Gideon's International in 1978, sang in the Holmes County Men's Chorus for 27 years and was a member of the Berlin Township Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years.

He was a farmer for five years and a weight master for Holmes Limestone Company for 4 1/2 years. He operated a feed distribution center and was an owner of Quality Feed Store Inc. for 17 years. He was a realtor with Real Estate Showcase and Dutchland Realty for 30 plus years and was the weights and measurer inspector for Holmes County for 12 years.

He had a full and joyful life serving His Lord and the many people that he met.

Surviving are his wife, the former Annetta J. Hamsher, whom he married Aug. 17, 1952; a daughter, Nancy J. Weaver of Berlin, and a son, Jay Russell Weaver of Berlin; sisters, Mabel Miller of Walnut Hills and Joan Showalter of Wilmot; and a brother, Vernon (Bertha) Weaver of Benton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph and Joe; and sisters, Grace Gerber, Anna Simpson, and Lela Wengerd.

Services were Friday, Jan. 25 at Martins Creek Mennonite Church, Millersburg, with pastors Jay Conn and Nelson Miller officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Smith-Varns Funeral Home, Sugarcreek.

Memorials may be made to Gideon's International P.O. Box 241, Berlin 44610; or Martins Creek Mennonite Church, 6111 County Road 203, Millersburg 44654.

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