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Edsel Vernon Weber, age 97, died January 25, 2024 at the home of his daughter Yvonne & her husband Lynn Reusser where he lived since January of 2023. He was born June 18, 1926 to Solomon and Ora Crum Weber of Lewisville, OH.
He graduated third in his class from Lewisville High School in1944. He excelled in Chemistry, played on the basketball team, won state awards in public speaking, and was active in Future Farmers of America. He was selected to attend Boys State and entered the United States Navy where he served as a Radioman 3rd class near the close of WW2 on the Aircraft Carrier Rudyard Bay. By way of the GI bill, he was accepted into the Dairy Technology program at The Ohio State University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1950. After working at Smith Dairy for several years, he began his lifelong career selling cleaners for the dairy industry in Northeastern Ohio for the Diversey/ Wyandott Corp. For 32 years he was devoted to his customers, and he was recognized almost every year as the top salesman within the company. He served as President of NE Ohio Dairy Tech society, was a city councilman for the City of Orrville, an active member of the Smithville Brethren Church, and later, the Orrville Presbyterian Church until he moved to Florida.
In 1949 he married his first wife, Josephine Volpe Weber, who died in 1977. In 1978, he married Shirley Graves, who died in 2022. He is survived by his 3 daughters: Yvonne (Lynn) Reusser of Woodsfield, Kathleen (David) Metzger of Livingston Texas, and Ruby Weber (best friend, Vohn Adams), of Cuyahoga Falls, OH. 4 Step-children: Lynn Graves, Leslie Graves, Jeff (Mary) Graves and Lee Anne Graves. 5 grandchildren: Karena (Ken) Cooper, Natalie (Casey) Bott, George (Vera) Reusser, Lynn J (Brianna) Reusser. 7 Step Grand Children: Megan (Aaron) Boos, Lindsay (Andy) White, Benjamin Graves, Gillian Graves, Emma Harley, Julian Licht, Sebastian Licht. 7 great grandchildren: Nicholas, Felicity, Alex, Arabella, Araya, Ava, and Andre. 2 step great grandchildren Logan and Jackson and 1 step great grandchild arriving in February.
In addition to Josephine and Shirley he is preceded in death by his grandson Benjamin Hutchison as well as a step-daughter Lauren Graves. He was the oldest living member of his immediate family whom are all now deceased: Frank (Margery), Grace (Virgil) DeVoe, Ralph (Ellen) Alton (Beatrice) Merle (Ella Mae) and Roger (Ruth) who were his lifelong best friends.
Edsel never knew a stranger, he made friends everywhere he went, and he was well known for smile and his amazing ability to make people laugh by telling stories. Edsel was an accomplished guitar player and played in the style of Chet Atkins, performing in countless events in both Ohio and Florida. He was also an artist and filled notebooks full of 1000’s of pencil drawings. As he was accustomed to being able to make crowds laugh with real life humor and jokes, he also drew those things into a book full of comics. For years in his retirement, he volunteered for the Veterans organization in Lakeland, Florida. And he was always ready to lend a hand to a neighbor or friend. He also wrote an autobiography, entitled, “The Sunfish Salesman.” A book full of stories about his beloved home place in Monroe County. In May 2023, he attended the Lewisville alumni banquet along with 1 other of the 5 surviving members of the class of 1944. He will be interred at the Orrville Crown Hill Cemetery next to his first wife Josephine which overlooks the home he reared his family in. The family offers their deepest thanks and gratitude to caregivers Rose Nething, Joan Michener and Bertha Soho as well as to the workers from Stonerise Hospice who assisted the family in providing exceptional care for Dad this past 12 months.
Friends will be received from 2 p.m. until time of funeral service at 3 p.m. Sunday January 28, 2024 at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home 100 S. Paul St. Woodsfield, Ohio. Graveside Services will be held at 12 Noon Monday January 29 in the Orrville Crown Hill Cemetery Orrville, Ohio.