VERSAILLES - John D. Weaver, a member of the second of four generations in a founding family farm operation, died 2 1/2 weeks ago at the age of 88, leaving behind a legacy that his loved ones are sure to cherish forever.
Weaver’s father, George, and George’s brother, Donald, established the business in 1929, and it became an integral part of the community since that time, thanks to the leadership of family members.
Weaver was a veteran, an athlete, church-goer, active member and officer of various organizations, a town council member as well as a businessman.
Dennis Dickey of Covington, his nephew, had this to say: “He was an uncle and a Navy veteran of World War II. He served on the USS Hornet, I think which was the only aircraft carrier that went through the war unscathed. He was proud of his service. You get him starting talking about that and he was in seventh heaven. He went to all of the reunions. He always offered good advice to people even me from time to time. J.D. had a way…a pleasant look…no matter what he had to say.”
“I read about John Weaver’s passing,” said Paul Wood Jr., formerly of Darke County. “He was a good friend from my time at the Advocate and, of course, WDRK, and Poultry Days. However, in all those years, I never knew of his military or football history. In the obit, it spoke of his playing with John Pont, who coached at Indiana, Ara Parsegian, Notre Dame, Paul Dietzel, LSU, and, one other great college coach, plus a short career in pro football. Miami is known as the cradle of coaches. He was a genuinely wonderful human being, with boundless energy, a true love for Versailles and Darke County, and a pretty damn good businessman.”
“J.D. Weaver is the type of person we all would like to emulate because he’s a classic example of someone who worked hard all his life and gave back to his community his whole life,” remarked Jim Buchy of the 84th House District. “He was very proud of his heritage and roots and wanted to make sure his family and community could have the lifestyle he enjoyed. He was an absolute icon. J.D.’s parents and my parents were good friends and I knew him as a kid and how hard Weaver Brothers works. Everything he did was for the betterment of the community, not accolades for him. He was a veteran, an American patriot who loved his freedom and wanted to make sure we kept our freedoms for our families and the community.”
Weaver’s son, Tim, who has taken over the helm at the business, remarked, “Obviously, he was a very good father. I was able to spend my entire professional career, 39 years with him. He taught me business I grew up working the business after school, in summer , holidays and while in college.
“Tim said he came back full-time in 1975 and stayed.
“Not a lot of people get to say they have experience working 39 years beside your dad. It’s something I’m really grateful for. He always gave me responsibilities. He was always there. Again I’m very fortunate for the 39 years with Dad as a father and business mentor. I’d describe him as a tough but fair. Fortunately, he trusted and supported me in building our business.”
Tim said he earned degrees at Ohio State and Miami University and went to receive his law degree at Ohio Northern.
“Knowing I didn’t want to be a lawyer, I came back here,” he recalled. “I remember one Sunday night calling my parents and wanting to come back. I was told by a friend later that that made my dad very, very happy when I came back to the family business. Dad made an impact on the community and was active in everything.”
Alex Weaver, a fourth-generation employee, works now in sales in the family business. He had worked there from junior high through college in the summertime, and came back in a full-time capacity about three years ago.
“My grandfather was always an inspiration to me and I always looked up to him and enjoyed the time I had with him,” Alex said. “I enjoyed his funny stories about his past and the pranks. I respected him for sticking with football. I played football in high school. I was always inspired by him for playing in the NFL at the professional level. It inspired me to be the best player that I could be.”
He concluded, “I learned about the egg industry from him. He taught me the ways about being an egg man.”