Richard Lee "Dick" Weaver

Richard Lee “Dick” Weaver, 84, Hays, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born March 23, 1936, in Hays to Celestine John and Jeanne Marie (Ingram) Weaver. He grew up in Ellis and was a 1955 graduate of Ellis High School and moved to Hays in 1975.

He married Kay (Wickham) on May 26, 1956, in Hays. He was a U.S. Navy veteran from September of 1955 to retiring in September of 1975. Active duty saw him in Norfolk, Va., onboard the cargo ship, USS Betelgeuse (AK 260), the Operational Testing and Evaluation Command, the Amphibious Forces and the Naval Air force. He served the Joint Task Force EIGHT, the Nuclear Testing Command conducting experiments ant Christmas Island in 1962. He later transferred to Johnson Island and then back to Washington, DC for duty with the Defense Intelligence Agency in the Pentagon. He then joined the USS NEW JERSEY (BB62), during the Vietnam Conflict. After that, he reported to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth and then the USS RAMSEY(FFG 2) until his retirement.

At Fort Leavenworth, he became involved with the Cub Scouts as a den leader and later as Cubmaster for the Webelo’s Troop. He moved to Long Beach, and became involved with the Boy Scouts working his way thru the troop committees to Assistant Scoutmaster and finally Scoutmaster of Troop 101 in Hays, after he retired from the Navy.

He worked for the State of Kansas Surplus Property Store in Hays and then in Topeka for a few years.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Ellis Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the National Association of Atomic Veterans.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, David Weaver and wife, Hsin-Yen Yang, Hays; two daughters, Kim Dechant and husband, Paul and Perri Lantz, all of Hays; three sisters, Marge Weber, Boone, Iowa, Elizabeth Piney and Lucille Quinby, both of Hays; a sister-in-law, Roxanne Weaver, Sheridan, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Charissa Hurt (Karl), Christopher Dechant (Sarah), Ethan Lantz and Emily Henderson and Garrett Dechant; and five great-grandchildren, Shelby Hurt, Casey Hurt, Brittney Hurt, Adler Dechant and Odgen Dechant.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, LeRoy Weaver and Paul Weaver; and two sisters, Agatha Weaver and Evelyn Wickham.

A private family graveside service was held Aug. 21, in Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays. Military honors were conducted by Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076.

Memorials are suggested to Disabled America Veterans.

Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

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Posted online on August 22, 2020