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133 E. Orchard Street
P.0. Box 217
Delton, MI 49046
Phone: (269) 623-5461
Fax: (269) 623-3188
Donald Weaver

Donald C. Weaver

Wednesday, November 20th, 1918 - Monday, August 26th, 2019
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Donald “Don” Clifford Weaver, age 100, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019. Don was born on November 20, 1918 in Hastings, the son of Forest and Lizzie (Waters) Weaver. He graduated from Hastings High School, Central Michigan University with a Baccalaureate degree and then the University of Michigan with a Master’s and Doctor of Education degrees. He was a teacher and administrator in Michigan and Illinois public schools for forty six years, beginning in a one-room country school in Doster, Michigan in 1938. Don was principal of Kinney Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; school social worker and principal of the high school in Waterford, Michigan; lecturer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and assistant superintendent in Aurora, Illinois schools. He spent twenty two years in the College of Education at Western Michigan University where he served as Professor of Education, Director of University Campus School and Director of the Mott Foundation Leadership Training Program. During WWII, he served as Red Cross Home Service Chairman for Isabella County. He also served on the Delton Kellogg Board of Education and directed camps for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1986. In retirement, he and his wife, Helen, enjoyed golf, square dancing and travel. Their travels included teaching assignments at the University of Guam and State College in Victoria, Australia, as well as visits to scores of former students both here and abroad. He was a charter member of the Gull Lake Area Community Church and was active in church affairs throughout his life. In 2004, to honor Donald and Helen, his former students established the Donald and Helen Weaver Endowment in Community Education at Western Michigan University. Donald is survived by children: Mike Weaver of St. Simons Island, Georgia; Pat Weaver of Waverly, Georgia, Sidney (Jayne) Weaver of Kalamazoo, and Tom (Elaine) Weaver of Delton; grandchildren: Jeff (Lynne) Weaver of Kalamazoo, Karrie (Jamie) Kemery of Kalamazoo, Laura (Shelly) Embery of Brunswick, Georgia, Joshua (Debra) Weaver of Waverly, Georgia, Ryan (Paula) Weaver of Appleton, Wisconsin, Mark (Lindsay) Woolcock of South Haven, and Matthew (Stacia) Weaver of Kalamazoo; great grandchildren: Austin Garza, Erin Embery, Seth and Sienna Weaver, Alex and Brian Weaver, Brendan and Alyson Kemery, Zack and Phoebe Weaver. Don is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of sixty four years, Helen; and sister: Lois (Bruce) Terry. Private services were conducted and burial took place at Prairieville Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Donald and Helen Weaver Endowment, 120 Walwood Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan will be appreciated. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Donald’s family.
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Donna Schmitt-Oliver

Posted at 09:25am
Dr. Weaver was the consummate educator and professional: a wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend par excellence. My sympathies to his family and my thanks to you for sharing him with those of us who were his students and colleagues these many years. He will be sorely missed but know that his principles and values will live on in the many educators he influenced through the years. Donna M. Schmitt-Oliver
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Michael T. “Ted” Oravecz

Posted at 07:58pm
I wish to offer my condolences to the Weaver family. Dr. Weaver — I find it difficult to refer to him any other way — was an advisor, teacher, friend, and most significantly, an inspiration. Over the past 55 years I’m thankful we’ve maintained contact. He will be missed.
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Daniel Cady

Posted at 12:21pm
Greetings and condolences to the Weaver family. I just learned of Dr. Don’s, or as I affectionally
Called him, “Uncle Don”, death. He was a special friend to me, both personally and professionally. During my tenure as Executive Director of the National Center for Community Education, he served on our Board and provided wisdom and guidance to me me . We traveled to many parts of the world together and one my favorite memories was that after work, we enjoyed cigars, gimlets and martinis together. He has left an unparalleled legacy for all us, no matter the arena. On my annual luncheon visits to Kalamazoo, we often talked about family and he was so proud of all of you , children, grand children and great grands, as well as others. He and Helen were more proud of all of you then all of his educational legacy, and it is a wonderful legacy. It is a privlidge and honor for me know your mother and dad. I expect I could go at great length, however, these memories should make it clear how much “Uncle Don” meant to me. With love for Helen and Don. Dan Cady
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Patsy Edwards

Posted at 01:17pm
Dr. Don Weaver was an exemplary person and mentor throughout my community education learning and career. While I was working at the Mott Foundation he was a constant source of great advice. His leadership quality for many, many years in the community education field was outstanding. I will greatly miss our ongoing conversations, even in retirement. May both he and Helen rest in peace within God's hands.
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Doug Wood

Posted at 09:54am
I will forever be grateful for the wise counsel and role model of thoughtful leadership provided by Dr. Weaver. As a long-time Community Educator, Don was an important figure in my education and training. Condolences to the family and friends of a great man.
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