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John D. Weir of Bellville passed away Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 after a brief illness. A great family man and friend, he will be remembered by all who he met and spent time with.

Starting life on April 10, 1930 in Tenaha, Texas, John went on to be a military man and a proud husband. With his wife, of 56 years, Virginia, they created a home in Houston for their 4 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson.  After 26 years with the Houston Chronicle, Johnís retirement was spent enjoying time with his family and his many hobbies (fishing, boating, traveling and work camping) as well as building the house in Bellville where he spent the past 15 years.

He enjoyed a retirement career as a sewing machine repairman. To say that he will be sorely missed would be a great understatement.

His travels were spent with his wife and girls in Monterrey, Mexico; Hawaii; Acapulco, Mexico;  Colorado, camping in East Texas, Lake Livingston, Garner State Park, Lost Maples State Park and many other parks.  Later he and Virginia went to Alaska, Canada, Costa Rica, Russia, many countries in Europe, and while work camping many of the United State of America. In 2000 he and Virginia took the whole extended family on a cruise to the Caribbean.

After moving to Bellville, John enjoyed his retirement career keeping the sewing machines of most of the local sewing population well maintained and repaired.  He also enjoyed eating lunch with the ROMEO group on Tuesdays. He was an avid domino player and would play anytime and taught one son-in-law and most of his grandchildren the game. He was a regular in Sunday School and active in the Fun and Lunch group at Church.  Saturday mornings were spent at the bakery having breakfast of coffee and donuts with the Not So Rich and Famous group. He also was a fan of Blue Bell Ice Cream, his favorite flavor being butter pecan, sometimes enjoying two bowls a day. 

John was preceded in death by his daughter Jean, his mother Rachel,  his father Henry, and his sister Helen.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children Jane Kress (Kevin), Karen Hallquist (Mark),Diane Lemma(Norman); grandchildren Kerri Kress-Chucci (Keith), Sean Hallquist, Travis Hallquist, Kory Kress, K. Jacob Kress, Ashley Lemma, Amber Lemma and great grandson Kameron Kress will all cherish the memories of John and his spirit will live on in their hearts.

A celebration of Johnís life was held Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Bellville United Methodist Church, 234 S. Masonic, Bellville.

Memorials may be made to Bellville United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 188, Bellville, Texas 77418 or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418. (979)865-2424.


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