Merlin L. Weber Jr., 81 of Albion, NE, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
Merlin Leland Weber Jr., son of Merlin Sr. and LaVerna (Kavorik) Weber, was born April 15, 1934 at Friend, NE. He moved with his family to the Cedar Rapids, NE area for a short time before settling on a farm west of Loretto, NE when he was age five. He attended school at Boone County Dist. 72 at Loretto through the eighth grade and graduated from Albion High School in 1951. He entered the United States Army on January 3, 1956 and served as a Ham Radio Operator in Greenland before being honorably discharged on October 2, 1957.
Merlin married Beverly Ann Hamel at the United Methodist Church in Bakersfield, CA on May 18, 1957. They returned to the Loretto area where Merlin farmed and raised livestock. To this union three children were born: Eydie, Kip and Cory.
Merlin joined the United Methodist Church in Albion in 1976, and later transferred his membership to the United Methodist Church in Loretto in 1980. He joined the Order of Eastern Star and the Masonic Lodge #78 in 1964 and has been an active member of both for the past 51 years. He and Beverly also enjoyed square dancing with the Harmony Squares and participating in a card club with their Loretto neighbors for many years. In his earlier years, Merlin enjoyed bowling, but his biggest passion has been his grandchildren and following their activities. In later years, he also enjoyed driving his Model T car in parades with the Shriners.
Merlin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverly of Albion, NE; three children: Eydie Schrad and significant other John Kaup of Albion; Kip Weber and significant other Sue Walford of Albion; Cory Price and husband Roger of Papillion, NE; seven grandchildren: Kyla and Nichole Schrad of Los Angeles, CA; Mercedie Weber of Kearney, NE; Skyler Weber of Lincoln, NE; Taylor Weber of Albion, NE; Collin and Olivia Price of Papillion, NE; one sister Valerie Shaffer of Albuquerque, NM; along with a niece, nephew, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Merlin Sr. and LaVerna Weber.