John William Weibley, 89, former Lititz resident and Legion member, Mason, supervisor at Alcoa

By on August 20, 2014

John William Weibley, son, brother, veteran, husband, father, lifetime Alcoa employee and supervisor, of 815 Laurel Drive, Lititz, but most recently Chelmsford, Mass., died peacefully early in the morning of Aug. 8, aged 89 years and 10 months.

The son of Clarence and Maude E. Weibley of Paradise and brother to Merrill and Clarence Weibley and Etheletta Buohl, and the husband of Lucy Flora Weibley for 42 years until her death, he is survived by two brothers-in-law: Chester Buohl and Leon Flora; his son: Steven James Weibley; and daughter-in-law: Deborah Heckler Weibley of Chelmsford, Mass.; his daughter: Laurie Weibley Riggs of Manheim; his grandson: Joshua Caleb Weibley, Brooklyn, N.Y.; nieces and nephews; and the many friends and neighbors he cherished in Lancaster and Lititz. Especially significant to him were those he considered his second family: Ginny Whiskeyman; and the Hardy family: Lisa and Gary, and their sons Ryan, Matthew, and Neil.

He was proud of how hard he could work at picking tobacco as a young man and first found employment at Osceola Mill in Gordonville, before serving in the European theater in the Army, 908th Field Artillery Division. Then, when the Alcoa plant on Fruitville Pike was built, he was hired and worked in almost every department, eventually becoming the closure production supervisor, serving Alcoa for 33 years. He was proud of the certificate in management he earned from F&M, and continued to meet with Alcoa friends for breakfast until he left to live with his son in Massachusetts. There was little he could not fix and less he could not make with his hands, spending hours in his home shop for friends and family.

He was past master of Charles M. Howell Lodge #496 of Free and Accepted Masons in Millersville, a Life Member of American Legion Post #56 of Lititz, a member of the North American Hunting Club, the International Metal Decorators Association, Bethany Presbyterian Church, and was involved in the Boy Scouts with Troop 129 in Rohrerstown. He was an avid gardener, in his retirement working for people in Lancaster caring for their lawns as well as his own. He loved nature and feeding and watching birds. He died a favorite of his nurses, remembered for his sense of humor and good spirited contentment. In the last couple of years at his retirement facility, he was surrounded by photos of those he loved and remembered from Lancaster and Lititz, saying often, “I always thought I was lucky to know so many good people.”

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 23, at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 25 N. West End Ave. (Lancaster) with a light reception to follow in the church’s Donegal Hall afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to either Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds, PA 17569-9713) or Lighthouse Preservation Trust Society; visit lighthousepreservation.org.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bedford Funeral Home, Bedford, Mass. Online condolences may be offered at bedfordfuneralhome.com.

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