VeteranJames Weese

James Edwin Weese, 73, of Lexington died July 1, 2016, surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Hypertension.

He was born in Ray, a son of Merritt and Lola Weese.

Surviving are his wife, Jeannie Crystal Weese; two daughters, Julie (and Ben) Gies and Jamie Weese (and Joe Stinton); two brothers, John Weese of Galesburg and Jack (and Kim) Weese of Aledo; and two grandchildren.

He grew up with The Flat Woods boys in Schuyler County. He graduated in 1961 from VIT High School then moved to Kansas City where he attended trade school. He began his work as a lifelong mechanic at the Kansas City Caterpillar dealership.

In 1964, he joined the United States Army Reserves and in 1968, his unit was activated and he served in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969 with the 842nd QM Co. In 1977, he moved his family to St. Joseph, Mo. In 1989, the family relocated to Lexington, S.C.

In 2009, he was diagosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. It is a rare disease with no cure. The diagnoses of PH is hard to get to and he became an advocate for education about the disease.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Stephens Lutheran Church with Rev. Jason Antley officiating. Burial will follow in Woodridge Memorial Park with military honors. Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made in Jim’s honor to Pulmonary Hypertension Assoc., 801 Roeder Blvd., Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.

 

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/6/2016

 

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