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Arry Weible Hurt Cleaning Gun

Weible Robert Colt

Great-Uncle Robert Colt Weible, known in our family as Arry, proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy through three wars — World War II, Korea and Vietnam. An Ohio native, he made his home in Hawaii, where was stationed. He is buried in the “Punchbowl” — National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.


Robert Colt Weible: “Didn’t Know Gun was Loaded”

From this week, 65 years ago, as told by the Dover, Ohio Daily Reporter of Jan. 7, 1950:


Robert Weible of 1115 N Wooster-ave was treated by a physician yesterday afternoon for a serious thumb wound received when a gun he was cleaning in his home was accidentally discharged. The bullet from a .45 calibre gun hit his right thumb. The weapon is part of a collection owned by his late father, Robert O. Weible. The injured man said he did not know any of the guns in the collection were loaded.


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For the Record | R.O Weible, 1947 Obit

Weible Robert Ohio Ley Robert III gun porch 1946

Robert Ohio Weible and grandson Robert Earl Ley III, about 1946 on the porch of R.O.’s home on Wooster Avenue in Dover. R.O. was an avid gun collector, which gave his oldest son, Robert Colt, and great-grandson, Frederick Colt (me) our names.

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


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.

Weible R.O. Obit 1947 front page

Weible R.O. Obit 1947 jump

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.

Weible RO 1115 N Wooster 1946

R.O. Weible sweeps the walk of his home at 1115 N. Wooster Ave. in Dover, Ohio about a year before his death 1947.

1115 N. Wooster Ave.

The former Weible home as it appeared in July 2011, 64 years after R.O.’s death, and 37 years after the death of his wife, Beatrice Ethel Morgan Weible.

Weible Robert Ohio Maple Grove Dover 1947

R.O.’s grave in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dover, Ohio.

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Weible Literary Tidbits, Part 6

Colt's great-grandfather, Robert Ohio Weible, like his brothers and ancestors before him, was a busy man about town in early 20th-century Dover, Ohio.

The Robert Ohio Weibles, Circa 1951

What can we learn about lives we knew well, and to their fruition, when we look at a history taken some 60 years ago, when the bulk of their years — for most — were yet to be lived out?

This is where the second supplement to The History of Christian Metzger: Founder of an American Family finds us, at least where the family of my grandmother, Suzanne Abbott Weible, is concerned.

Ella Metzker Milligan’s 1941 book and 1951 supplement do a great job of detailing the lives of older ancestors. Such as my great-great-great-great grandparents Jakob and Nancy (Metzger) Weible’s journey from Pennsylvania to Tuscarawas County in the early 1800’s. Or the achievements of the children and grandchildren of my great-great-great grandparents, Frederick and Susanna (Schrock) Weible, as played out from the early 1900’s through the mid-20th century.

These sketches are brief, but fascinating. We learn the happy accomplishments of lives — education, marriage, children, work — without necessarily getting bogged down in the everyday or tragic. (Milligan practically ignores the circumstances surrounding the early deaths of family members like Otheo Weible or David Wible, or the stories of relatives who didn’t happen to leave hangers-on back in Tuscarawas County, pausing only to complain about the lack of information. Hmmmm. But wasn’t that her task? I digress.)

Where my extended family comes in, Milligan’s supplemental sketches in 1951 catch them shortly after their deaths (in the case of Robert Ohio Weible), but mostly on the cusp of their lives playing out, as is the case with Bob and Sue Ley, Bill and Ann Weible, and their older brother Arry, not to mention aunts and uncles who were just getting to toddling around.

To me, it’s like a time-capsule snapshot of how they, the information-givers, viewed the important milestones of their lives in the moment. And it’s all the sweeter for our knowledge today of what was to come. Which, with all due acknowledgment to Milligan, wasn’t always sublime, but on the whole, pretty sweet.

Robert Ohio Weible


The seventh child of Franklin Eli and Esther Bliss (Goddard) Weible — my great-grandfather — was born and died in Dover, Ohio. He married Beatrice Morgan of Carnegie, Pa. on May 6, 1914.

According to the supplement:

(He) was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. (A handy trick, considering his paternal ancestor, Jakob, came to America after 1800… but the Goddards and Blisses go waaaaaaay back. — Colt) He was a 32nd degree Mason; a Shriner; and a member of B.P.O.E. (Elks–C.) Also (as a hobby), he belonged to the Ohio Gun Collector’s Association.

He was appointed by Governor John Bricker as superintendent of purchases and printing for the state of Ohio. Later he was executive secretary for Ohio General Salvage Divisions of the War Production Board (and of the Ohio Salvage Committee).

That’s where Milligan’s record ends. I can add that R.O. died much too young. According to his death certificate, he was just 55 when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage July 12, 1947, and died four days later in Union Hospital. His wife, whom we know better as M.A., and whose family we still know too little about, died in 1974. They’re buried in the Weible plot in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dover.

Weible plot in Maple Grove Cemetery includes children and grandchildren of Franklin Eli Weible.

Robert Earl Ley Jr. and Suzanne Abbott (Weible) Ley

Grandpa and Grandma were just getting started as Milligan’s pages caught up with them. She records their family as:

Robert Earl Ley III, b. 11/19-1944

Sallie Ann Ley, b. 2/6-1947

Jean Abbott Ley, b. 3/31-1948

Of Grandpa, the supplement notes: “Lieut (j.g.)… (physician and surgeon at present) of Dover, Ohio.” At the time, they’d been married just eight years. They would go on to raise four more children, and enjoy their time with 14 grandchildren and, today, they can boast another 8 great-grandchildren — 29 descendants, in all. In 2006, they celebrated their 63rd year of marriage. Grandma died in January 2007, Grandpa in July 2008.

Robert Colt Weible

Born Aug. 22, 1915. Not yet married to Marge. The supplement notes:

(He) joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1942, as a flier in Naval Air Corps. He was a pilot in the Naval Air Transport Service during World War II. He was accepted in the Regular U.S. Navy in 1946. He was with the Air Wing II in the Pacific Fleet until recently. At present, he is with Operation Naval Air Station, at Key West, Florida.

Arry, as we knew him, would of course continue his naval service and move to Hawaii, where he would live with wife Marge until his death in 2003 at age 87. He is buried in the famous Punch Bowl — the Naval Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Here’s a picture from my last visit with Arry, from whom I inherited my middle name (a generational gift from gun collector R.O.)

Katie and Colt Foutz visited with Arry & Marge Weible and Aunt Sally Ley's daughter, Sarah Pacheco, during their Hawaii honeymoon.

William Albert Weible & Ann (Arnold) Weible

The youngest child of R.O. and M.A. was born Aug. 18, 1923. He married Aletha Ann Arnold of Dover Nov. 27, 1948, according to the supplement, which catches them just before the birth of their daughter, Mary Beth, in 1951. A son, Robert, would follow, in 1953.

William Albert Weible entered World War II while attending Ohio State University, 1943. He saw service with the Third Marine Division in the South Pacific as Ph.M 2/c U.S.N.R. Later he reentered the Ohio State University and completed his education. He resides in Dover.

Great Uncle Bill’s proximity to my family and my grandpa and grandma in Dover meant that I saw him and Great Aunt Ann frequently, around town, at family gatherings and at church. I remember spending cross-country and band practices in high school watching for Bill and my grandma to appear on one of their frequent morning walks around Dover City Park. As Rob Weible notes on about his father, “He had a totally wicked sense of humor — had some of the best ‘sight’ jokes ever — the world is not nearly as funny with him gone, but we all try to pick up the slack!”

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