WINTER PARK, Fla.

James "J.R." Weber

Jan. 12, 1928 - Jan. 28, 2006

When James "J.R." Weber was born Jan. 12, 1928, God broke the mold. When he died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, God took him back and smiled.

In his 78 years, the man rarely had a bad day, his presence always left an impression and he never failed to get the job done. It was a trait learned growing up as a farm boy, working as a master carpenter, having served in the U.S. Army paratroopers and being active in the community through the Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Most of all, he never strayed from being a faithful husband and strong father. J.R. lived a life full of vigor, opinion and activity, and the world is a lesser place without him.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise; his four sons and their families, Jim (Silvia), Greg (Kim), Cody, Kendallyn and Wyatt, Jeff, Kirk (Rita), Michael, Maggie, Billy and Ellie; his two brothers, Andy and Tom; his sister, Grete; and many more relatives and a whole lot of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Gretchen "Sis" Weber, and his brother, Marty.

A private celebration of life Mass was held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park. A memorial service will be held in Wisconsin later this year.

In his memory, the family has created the James "J.R." Weber Memorial to assist in the creation of a world-class, state-of-the-art advanced training skills facility at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The facility will serve military personnel who are catastrophically disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other military personnel and veterans severely injured in other combat and non-combat related duties. Donations can be made to: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund c/o Greg Weber, 3711 Laurel Ledge Lane, Austin, TX 78731. Please make checks payable to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more information, visit www.fallenheroesfund.org or call Greg Weber at (512) 413-9384.