Albert Frank Weaver entered into the presence of his Heavenly Father Friday, January 11, 2019, born to Wells and Edythe McKinstry Weaver on March 23, 1927 in rural Perkins County, near Bison, SD, the first born, Albert was joined by three sisters.
Growing up on Rabbit Creek, south of Bison, while tending the family’s sheep herd, story has it, he would be gone a week at a time, spending nights on the prairie under the wagon, just him and his dog.
Education was extremely important to Albert. He proudly attended the high school graduation of ALL his children and grandchildren.
Demonstrating love of country, he enlisted in the US Army. Albert served during the Korean Conflict, receiving a sharpshooter medal and other merits.
While visiting his ill father in Hettinger, a nurses aide entered the hospital room. Shortly there after, Edythe commented to Wells, “I think we’ve lost our son.” The rest is history… Albert and Shirley Sandgren were married at her family farm home on September, 16 1950. Beginning their lives together, their first home was on the North Grand River. For 16 years they operated a ranch for Oscar Erlandson, at the same time building their own dairy and range herds. Living next to the river his hobbies included trapping, hunting, fishing, and collecting arrowheads. During their time on the Erlandson Place, their four children were born. While being very frugal during this time the Weaver farm was purchased East of Hettinger.
Moving to North Dakota, a perfectionist, Albert honed his skill of carpentry, which can be seen in many Hettinger area homes and businesses, such as the fireplace at the C&N Cafe. While expanding the family farm he continued to be involved in its operation until entering Western Horizons Assisted Living and Care Center.
Albert’s/Dad’s love of his Heavenly Father was the core of his existence! He shared his “love of God” and the importance of tithing with family and friends. Albert devoted time as deacon in his church for many years. Along with never having a bad or angry word cross his lips, he set the example, finding only the good in people.
Having received his lifetime goal, Albert is survived by his children and their spouses: Linda Weaver Braaten, Hettinger, ND; James and Bernetta Weaver, Rapid City, SD; Carol Weaver & Barry Wiechmann, Rapid City, SD; John and Pam Weaver, Hettinger, ND; 7 grandchildren, Brooke Noack, Robyn Hart, Amber Weaver Vidal, Tyler Weaver and Nathan, Nicole and Nevan Weaver; and 15 great-grandchildren, Matthew and Emily Noack; Tennille, Aden, Mariana, Orin, Kai, Holden, Hollis, Naavah,
Wells and Declan Hart; Koli, Sawyer and Nora Vidal. Uncle Albert, the last of his family, is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley of 60 years, son-in-law, Leslie D. Braaten, his 3 sisters, Bernice, Allyce and brother-in-law Byron Matthews ; Ann Weaver and brother-in-law Kermit Johnson; nephews Mark Matthews and “Kit” Johnson; and niece Vivian Skaug.
Funeral Services for Albert Weaver, age 91 of Hettinger, will be 10:30 am Monday, January 14 2019, at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Hettinger. Pastor Alan Wickstrom will officiate with burial at Hettinger Cemetery next to his wife.
A Family service will be 7:00 pm Sunday evening at the Centennial Chapel of the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger.
Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 to 7:00pm at the Centennial Chapel of the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger.
A memorial has been established.