was born September 14, 1941 at ShannonHospital in San
Angelo, TX to Jewel Clarence Day and Lola May Sims Day.His parents divorced in May 1942.Weldon, along with his sister, Beverley, and
their mother made their home with his maternal grandparents.They settled in Ozona, TX close to his aunt and uncle, Lottie
Lee Sims Baker and Hubert Weldon Baker.
maternal great-grandparents, James Thomas Sims and Molly Wade Keeton Sims, came
from Llano, TX and began ranching near San Angelo, TX in 1884.Their
son, Otis Lee Sims married Lula Mary Scott from Henderson County, TX.Her parents,
Elbert Patterson Scott and America Lea Scott, were from McNairy County, TN.
paternal great-grandparents, Rufus M. Day and Louisa Eliza Jane Daugherty Day,
came from Arkansas and settled in Rockwall, TX.Their
ancestors can be traced back to Ireland.Their son, Clarence
Monroe Day, married Florence Odella Weatherford from Limestone County, AL.Her parents,
Harris Martin Weatherford and Mary Virginia Harvey moved the family from Limestone County, AL to Rockwall County, TX.
growing up in Ozona, Weldon had a lot of friends, including his three cousins,
Jean Ann, Carol Lee and Betty Lou Baker.He enjoyed spelunking with his high school buddies and going fishing
with his granddad, Otis Sims and his cousin, Clay Adams.At 14 he developed an interest in ham radios
which continued throughout his life.As
an adult he attained from the FCC the highest license level possible for
Amateur Radio Operator of which he was extremely proud.He was a member of various amateur radio clubs
including the Port Lavaca Amateur Radio Club.His call sign number was KC5KQN.
graduated in the Class of 1960 from OzonaHigh School, after which he joined the United States Navy going to
boot camp at the Navy Training Base, now CampPendleton, San
Diego, CA.He was
assigned to the U.S.S. Summit, a Landing-Ship-Tank (LST #1146).Their primary work was to provide amphibious
training for U.S. Marines and Army troops.His LST took him to Hawaii,
Seattle and JohnstonIsland, where he participated in 3 atomic bomb air-bursts.Weldon made Electrician Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer.His active duty service lasted from July 30, 1960 through July 29, 1964. He was
relieved of duty only 5 days before the U.S.S. Summit went to Vietnam.Weldon maintained
his ties to his Navy days as a member of the United States LST Association the
rest of his life and was very proud of his Navy service.He was a member of the American Legion for
the past 23 years.
the Navy, Weldon attended SulRossStateUniversity in Alpine, TX, then went on to join the Texas
Department of Public Safety as a Communications Officer for the Texas Highway Patrol.He worked in El Paso and Lampasas, TX, retiring after 25 years of service at the age of 55
to the Gulf shores of Indianola, TX.
enjoyed sailing on his 37 foot sailboat, kayaking, and scuba diving all in lake
and open water, flying glider planes, archery, freelance photography, and
always enjoyed reminiscing and telling a good tale.The last several years, using his ham radio,
he was a spotter at Sea Drift for the 260 mile Texas Safari Canoe Race held
each June.He also enjoyed working on family
genealogy with his nephew, Clay Hooper.Together they transcribed the 1880 through 1930 Federal Census records
for Crocket County, TX.
the last two years he courageously fought malignant melanoma, returning to the
hill country of LlanoCounty for his final days.Weldon passed
away February 13, 2007 in
the family home of his cousin, Pris Baker Pakkila-Gage, attended by his family, Beverley, Clay and
Jean. Graveside services Saturday,
February 17, 2007, , at the family plot in CedarHillCemetery, Ozona, TX.
is survived by his sister, Beverley Hooper of Tulsa, OK; nephew, Clay Hooper of
San Francisco, CA; three nieces and their husbands: Leslie and Dan Wright of
Tulsa, OK, Terri and Brian Lowther of Alexander, AR,
Sydney and Jim Aldag of Tulsa, OK; three
grand-nieces: Sara and Amanda Brown, Jenny Aldag; two
grand-nephews: Luke and Max Aldag; great-grandniece, K’Leigh Barrett; great-grandnephew, Aiden
Barrett all of Tulsa, OK; first cousins and their families: Jean and Ollie Sudduth of Bluffton, TX, Carol and Kirby Bryant of Denham
Springs, LA, Lou and Bob Bixby of Acworth, GA; Mary Lou and Chris Holley of Burleson,
TX, Ronnie and Brenda West, Gerald and Diane West of Ft.Worth,
TX, Linda Hunter of Weatherford, TX, Larry and Grace Day, Sandra and Larry Fenn of Ft. Worth, TX, Denise and Gayle Lacy of Haslet, TX,
Angela and Cliff Larison of Ft.Worth,
TX; Bonus/Step family: sister, Lucille Cribbet of
Scottsdale, AZ, nieces and their families: Mary Ferrill
of Oakdale, CA, Emilie and Milt Krieger of Hobart,
OK, Irene and Ken Edward of Carmel, CA, nephew, Steve Cribbet
of Scottsdale, AZ; and numerous friends and e-mail buddies.
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hope Harbor Children’s Home,
Claremore, OK, Medina Children’s Home, Medina, TX, or Cherokee Children’s Home,