Ralph Weber, 78

Ralph D. Weber, age 78, of Centreville, passed away Sunday, February 7th, 2010 at his home. Ralph was born in Centreville on May 18, 1931, the son of Leo John and Ilo May (Wagner) Weber. He graduated from Centreville High School in 1949 and attended Michigan State University where he studied forestry. On July 5, 1953 he married Barbara J. Yoder in Long Beach, California. She preceded him in death July 17, 1995. Ralph worked as a sales associate at Truckenmiller Brothers Hardware in Centreville for 40 years, retiring in 1995. Ralph and Barb also operated R & J Strippers in Centreville for 20 years. He served in the U.S. Marines during WW II.

Ralph was a life member of Mt. Herman Masonic Lodge # 24 in Centreville serving as Past High Priest Chapter 11 and Past Master. Ralph was also a member of American Legion Post #170 Three Rivers and Moose Lodge # 474 Three Rivers. He served as a volunteer Fireman and former Asst. Chief of the Centreville Fire Dept., acted as village assessor for 10 years and was active in Centreville Little League for 8 years. For his dedicated service to Centreville he and Barb were named citizens of the year in 1995.

Surviving are his daughter Kimberly (Carroll) Gooding of Marcellus, sons Michael (Amy) Weber of Centreville, Jeffery (Lisa) Weber of Macomb, MI, grandchildren Molly (A.J.) High, Decatur, Beth Wolgamood, Vandalia, Paul (Christi) Wolgamood, Marcellus, Brittany, Nicklaus and Mathias Weber of Centreville, great grandchildren Lincoln Douglas High and Jayla Kim High, sister Mary Ellen Watson of Portage and special friend Florence Hayes of Harrison, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Relatives and friends will be received Wednesday from 5-8 pm at the Eley Funeral Home in Centreville, where Religious Services will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Pastor David Peterson of the Centreville Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in Prairie River Cemetery in Centreville. Memorial contributions may be made to Three Rivers Health Hospice or to Centreville Rocket Football. On line messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

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