Wilbert O. (Buck) Weaver was born in Harrisville, West Virginia, on May 14, 1924, to Gleston W. and Arvilla Layfield Weaver. He was the oldest of four brothers. Buck graduated from Parkersburg High School and joined the US Navy on his 17th birthday in 1941. He served in thirteen battles in the Pacific and European theatres on the USS Jenkins (DD447). He was honorably discharged on March 13, 1947. Buck then joined the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, until being called back into the military for the Korean War. While in the police department, he also served as one of President Harry Truman’s bodyguards. He served aboard the USS John A. Bole (DD755) from Aug. 1, 1950, until March 28, 1954, and was honorably discharged in San Diego, California. Buck applied for a job with the City of San Diego Police Department. He was accepted and served until his retirement on June 1, 1978. Now off to Montana.
On April 4, 1980, he married Sandra Tollefson Riebe and started to enjoy his retirement, which included a lot of golfing, fishing and camping. Getting bored with retirement, he went to work for the Polson Golf Course for 13 years. After several moves in the Polson area, he settled out in the Valley View area to a place he named The Dam Dump Ranch. Declining health in the last five years limited his mobility and he passed away on Dec. 19, 2017.
Buck was preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Bill, Bob and Jim Weaver; and a son, Jeffrey Scott Weaver.
Buck is survived by his wife, Sandy, of 37 years; son, Jon Weaver, of Oxnard, California; stepdaughter, Judy Holmes of Cathedral City, California; stepchildren, Becky Riebe Noles (Frank) of Lolo, Rick Riebe of Polson, and Tracy Ohler of Polson; and his beloved canine friend, Buddy.
Special thanks goes to all his caregivers at Polson Health and Rehabilitation, Lakeview Health Care, St. Luke’s Extended Care, Addus Home Care, St Joseph Hospital doctors and staff and to Dr. Adam Smith.
At Buck’s request, no service was held.