Robert Ohio Weible | 1892-1947
This blog series explores the lives of Weible ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.
From the Times-Reporter (Dover/New Philadelphia), Thursday, July 17, 1947:
Robert O. Weible Dies at Hospital
CURTAIN FALLS FOR WIDELY KNOWN CITIZEN
Robert O. Weible, 55, of 1115 N. Wooster Ave., widely known former furniture salesman and active in Republican political circles and in fraternal organizations, died at 10:30 last night at Union Hospital.
Stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage while seated on the porch of his home Saturday afternoon, he was taken to the hospital shortly after but never rallied. His condition worsened yesterday afternoon.
Mr. Weible was born in Dover on May 30, 1892… a son of the late Frank E. and Esther Goddard Weible.
After attending Dover schools he was traveling salesman for many years for the Jamestown Lounge Co., covering Ohio and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
He was assistant purchasing agent for the state of Ohio during the administration of Gov. John W. Bricker and during the war period was executive secretary of the salvage division of the War Production Board for Ohio. He was Republican executive committee chairman for Tuscarawas County in 1938-39 and was president of the Dover Republican Club.
He was a past exalted ruler of the Dover lodge of Elks and a charter member of Zeta chapter of the Alpha Pi. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the following Masonic bodies: Tuscawaras Lodge No. 59, F & A.M. of Dover; Royal Arch Masons of Massillon and Council at Westerville; the Scottish Rites Bodies, Valley of Cantor and Alladia Shrine of Columbus.
He was also a member of the Moravian Church and Sons of the American Revolution.
He was widely known as a gun collector.
Mr. Weible leaves his widow, Mrs. Beatrice Morgan Weible and a daughter, Mrs. Robert E. Ley Jr. of Dover; two sons: Lt. Robert C. Weible of the Navy, now in the Pacific, and William A., student at Ohio State University; and two grandchildren, Robert Ley III and Sally Ann Ley.
He also leaves a brother, Frank A. Weible of Dover, and a sister, Mrs. Urban S. Lambert of Alexandria, Va. Two brothers, Albert and Otheo Weible, and one sister, Clara Adell Weible, preceded him in death.
The body is at the Toland Funeral Home, awaiting funeral arrangements dependent on location of the son, Lt. Robert C., who is based in Hawaii but who is at present is on a flying mission from Saipan to San Diego, Calif.
What else was going on in the world on Wednesday, July 16, 1947? Actor and football star Orenthal James (O.J.) Simpson is born. Earlier that month, the Cleveland Indians sign Larry Doby, first black player in the American League, and on July 8, reports are broadcast that a UFO has crash-landed in Roswell, N.M.