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In Remembrance
Lee Robert Weber, Jr.
J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home

Lee Robert Weber, Jr.Lee Robert Weber, Jr., 89, died December 31, 2009. Born August 6, 1919, to pioneer Galveston residents Lee Robert Weber, Sr. and Amelia Balderach Weber, he delighted in being a life-long resident of Galveston. He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years Retta Lou Stavenhagen Weber; daughters Gayle Strange and husband Virgil, Deborah Gustafson and husband Ralph, and Jean Cook and husband Carl; sons Lee Weber III and wife Tammy, and John Weber and wife Virginia; grandchildren Jim Strange, Melissa Herry, Stephen, Rebecca, and Amelia Gustafson, Amy, Matthew, Claire, and McCall Weber, Sarah Wells, Rachel Parker, Caleb Wells, Ben and Daniel Weber; six great-grandchildren Wilson, Samuel, and Tristan Strange and Christian, Caroline, and Catherine Herry. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Caitlin Weber.

Lee Weber retired as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Marine Corps, having served on Guadalcanal and Tarawa, 2nd Marine Division, 8th Marines, 2nd Battalion. He was awarded a Purple Heart, a Presidential Unit Citation, and a Pacific Theater Medal with two Battle Stars. His military service continued in the Galveston Officers Club, always serving his country with pride as a highly decorated World War II veteran.

After Marine Corps retirement, he established and operated Marine Mud Company, the first Galveston source of products for offshore oil well drilling. He also devoted nearly thirty years to real estate investment and development of Galveston Island.

A member of the Galveston Rotary Club for fifty-five years, he is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award Presidential Recognition and was honored by his fellow Rotarians as a Paul Harris Fellow. He volunteered over 4000 hours to raise funds for the Rotary Club local foundation that supports community projects.

As a life member of First Presbyterian Church, he served as a Deacon, Elder, Trustee, and Sunday school teacher. He was the self-appointed greeter at the church entrance, sharing his remarkable knowledge of the historic building, it’s congregation, and the City of Galveston. In his retirement years, Mr. Weber owned and operated All About Town, and was in demand as an Elderhostel tour guide, giving interesting and authentic information about the island’s rich history to groups from across the country.

Mr. Weber will be interred at a private family burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Galveston, with Pastor David Green officiating and USMC Honor Guard accompanying his flag-draped coffin. His six grandsons will serve as pallbearers. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at Moody Memorial Methodist Church. The family requests that contributions in his memory be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Church Street, Galveston, Texas 77550, or the Galveston Rotary Club, 2301 The Strand, Suite 270, Galveston, Texas 77550.

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