James (Jim) George Weaver, 70, of Elbow Lake

Published 11:54am Friday, November 15, 2013


James (Jim) George Weaver, 70, of Elbow Lake, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1943, in Kenmare, N.D, the son of the late George Walter Weaver, formerly of Sherwood, N.D., and the late Hazel Irene (McGillivray) formerly of Kenmare, N.D. Jim grew up in rural Sherwood, N.D., with his four sisters. He attended a one-room country school until the eighth grade and finished high school in Sherwood.

After graduation the first summer Jim worked for Fisher Construction in Sherwood and helped build the Pleasant Bridge over the Mouse River. This is the bridge just north of the home place. Jim also helped his dad farm, but it was a very dry year and they did not have a very good crop with only about 200 bushels of grain and 100 acres of wheat.

From fall 1962 to spring of 1963, Jim went to the North Dakota State School of Science (trade school, currently NDSCS) in Wahpeton, N.D., for general mechanics. Jim worked for the Cenex station/Farmers Union in Kenmare N.D.; he then worked for Sandvik in Kenmare, N.D., and sold Massey Ferguson and American Motors (ramblers) products for awhile.

Jim then went out to Lewistown, Mont., where he lived with his sister, Ginger, and brother-in-law Frank Bass, and worked for Montark Aviation loading the airplanes and flagging.

Jim did the spring spraying season in Montana, then went down to Arkansas around July 4th and sprayed cotton and rice. Jim was there until October of 1964, when his dad, George Weaver, died. Jim returned to Sherwood and worked on his father’s farm, with his mother Hazel (McGillivray) Weaver.

Jim married Diane Elaine Van Berkom on Aug. 8, 1969. They moved to Elbow Lake in April 1970 with their infant son, Chad. Their daughter Stacy was born two years later.

Jim worked for Billy Nelson from 1970-1972, farming and spraying. Jim worked for Bill Rix from 1972 to the fall of 1978, as a trucker driving primarily from Minnesota to Florida or Phoenix, Ariz. In the fall of 1974, he helped build the Massey Ferguson building just north of town for Bill Rix. The Massey Ferguson shop was opened in the spring of 1975, and Jim worked there as a parts/service manager, welding, and a little bit of everything in the business until the October of 1978.

Jim started trucking over the road for Waggoner Trucking Company. Jim trucked primarily the central U.S. to Canada. Jim trucked from 1978-1996. He switched from Waggoner to Heyl Trucking sometime in the 1990s.

In 1996, Jim started working for Lampy Ready Mix Company in Wahpeton, N.D., which was bought out by Camas Ready Mix and which was bought out by Aggregate Industries.

He drove the cement truck until 2005. In May 2006, Jim and Diane bought L-Bowl Lanes (the local bowling alley) in Elbow Lake and converted the bowling lanes into a dance floor and ballroom and operated Dream Weavers bar and ballroom until Dec. 21, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diane Weaver; one daughter, Stacy of Robbinsdale; one granddaughter, Marissa (Frykman) of Apple Valley; three sisters, Jenice (Darwin) Clark of Sherwood, N.D., JoAnn (Larry) Berglof of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Jackie (Darwin) Beckedahl of Sherwood, N.D.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Chad Weaver; one sister, Virginia (Ginger) Brown; two brothers–in-law, Darwin Beckedahl and Mark Van Berkom, his parents; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Visitation: Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at church

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at United Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake

Burial: Union Cemetery, Elbow Lake

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake


Condolences: www.EricksonSmithFH.com

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