Rodger Charles Weaver, 64, of Litchfield, died Jan. 17, 2013 at 6 p.m. in his home in
the company of his family. He was born on May 14, 1948 in Pryor, son of Leonard
Lawson “Slim” & Lucille Myrtle (Gipson) Weaver. He graduated from Pryor High School
with the Class of 1966. Weaver was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an accomplished entrepreneur having devoted his life skills to establishing a variety of businesses which included typesetting, graphic design, communications and distribution center around the St. Louis, Mo., area. Most notable was RW Communications, Inc., Materials & More, Inc., Group 7 Productions, The Type House, as well as WT Stables. Weaver and his wife Rhea semi-retired from the corporate life and moved to Litchfield, Ill., on October 14, 2004. He and his family developed a love for horses and became involved and participated in showing Tennessee Walking Horses. This included establishing WT Stables and he served as President for four consecutive years for Heart of America Walking Horse Association and recently served on the Advisory Committee of the Walking Horse Owner’s Association. On October 14, 2005 he attended the Walking Horse Fall Show in Springfield, Ill., While watching the show he attempted to help a fallen rider. When he jumped over the railing, his vertebrae shattered into his spinal cord and he was instantly paralyzed. After lengthy testing it was discovered he was suffering from Multi-Myeloma, a debilitating cancer that destroys the bone marrow. He put up a valiant battle for more than 7 years. Despite the dramatic change to his life, he focused on continuing his charitable contribution to others which include: Wheel Chairs for a Cause, Litchfield Christmas Basket Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Litchfield Food Pantry and various other charities. Rodger also pursued his life-long ambition of publishing a book about his Father, the Legendary Sheriff “Slim” Weaver. The book “Slim Unscripted,” after two years in the works, was finally published in October 2012. He was a member of Union Avenue Christian Church in Litchfield. He married Rhea Joyce Freeman on Dec. 26, 1968 in Vinita. She survives him. He is also survived by: one daughter, Michelle (Michael) Murray of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; one brother, Ron (Sherry) Weaver of Olympia, Wash.; two grandchildren, Lauren and Errin Murray. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Weaver.
Funeral services are Mon., Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Union Avenue Christian Church in Litchfield. Rev. Jay Johnson will officiate. Visitation is Sunday from 2 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Union Ave Christian Church. Cremation will follow the services. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a memorial tribute to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Rodger and Rhea Weaver Catastrophic Diseases Survivor Endowment at the ESA Foundation. For online donations: http://esaf.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/
Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is in charge of arrangements. For more information, to light a candle or sign the online guestbook, please visit www.plummerfuneralservices.com .