On September 30, 1944 I was born to Larry and Janet Weaver in Falls City, NE. The third of three boys, I was named after my Grandfather because my folks wanted a girl and had not picked any boy names. Mom told Dad to name me and since he was suffering from a lack of inspiration, Grandpa leaned over and said “you can always name him after your Old Man”!
We lived on a farm North of Salem, NE until 1960, then moved to Falls City where Dad and his brother had opened a Farm and City Supply store. In high school I worked some for my Dad, but mostly at Falter’s Clothing Store and other odd jobs as they came up, to finance my busy social life! I graduated from Falls City High School in 1963.
In 1965 I married Susie Spiger (my high school sweetheart) in Spokane, WA and we settled in San Jose, CA where I worked for IBM Corporation. In 1969 I resigned from IBM and moved to Spokane, WA where we managed a 32 unit apartment complex and I returned to college. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Washington State College (now Eastern Washington University) at Cheney, WA in 1971. While in college I also worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Business Department.
The next few years were spent working construction and we owned a fast food restaurant in Falls City, NE. In 1975 I was hired as Operations Manager at Inland Transfer and Storage, an agent for Global Van Lines. Then in 1977 I went to work for BN Transport (a wholly owned trucking subsidiary of the Burlington Northern Railroad) in Missoula, MT as a dock Supervisor and local dispatcher. Later that year I was promoted to Area Manager in Portland, OR. In 1979 I was hired by the Southern Pacific Railroad as a Locomotive Engineer and I spent the next 30 years running trains out of Portland, Eugene and Klamath Falls.
At times life is painful. My wife was 37 years old when she died from the effects of breast cancer, leaving me with three girls 15, 13, and 10. I thank the Lord for the years we had together and our daughters, who she called her “ladies”. We were not churched - it was her illness that broke our self will and brought us to trust Jesus.
Later that same year Letha Faxon (a third generation Oregonian) and I were married. She was my kids’ Sunday School teacher, a friend of my late wife, a sister of my best friend and the daughter of a semi-retired pastor/farmer. We just celebrated our 32nd anniversary. The Lord does provide! Praise God she was willing to quit her job and jump into the middle of a ready made family! In 1988 a member of our church died and left her daughter to us in her will! We are now blessed with a full family of four couples and eight grandchildren. God is good!!
In 2007 I was fired by the Union Pacific Railroad, just 18 months short of full retirement. I filed a wrongful dismissal appeal before the Federal Railroad Administration. In 2010 Lee Pruitt, First Vice President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, negotiated a settlement to this ordeal. The railroad agreed to pay back pay and I agreed not to sue them. The settlement enabled me to retire with a full 30 years service as of July 1, 2009 and repay all unemployment and sickness benefits I had collected during the 18 months!
Eddyville Community Church, Trustee
Oregon Small Woodlands Association
Eastern Washington University Alumni Association
National Rifle Association of America
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, retired
Model A Club of America