Burton Weaver, 92, of Lake Andes, South Dakota, formerly of Moville, died Sunday, September 23, 2018, at the Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston.
The celebration of his life and Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church with burial following in St. Mark’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Lake Andes, with Military Honors.
Burton Edward Weaver was born in Moville, Iowa on December 17, 1925, the son of David and Kathryn Weaver. He passed away Sunday September 23, 2018 after a brief illness.
Burton was educated and graduated from Moville High School in 1943. After graduation, he joined the Navy in November 1943 and served in the South Pacific. He was discharged in May 1946.
He married the love of his life, Eva Ione Irwin, on June 5, 1948 in Moville, Iowa. In their 70 years of marriage they enjoyed dancing, card playing, socializing, and traveling.
He was employed by Iowa Public Service as a lineman until November 1952. In December of 1952 he, Eva, Denny and Diana moved to Ravinia, South Dakota and started farming in the spring of 1953.
He farmed and ranched in the Ravinia – Lake Andes area for over 60 years. He attended auctioneering school in Mason City, Iowa in 1957 and retired from auctioneering in 1982.
He was a rural mail carrier for 26 years, retiring in November 1990.
Burton was a parishioner of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Lake Andes; a member of the American Legion, VFW, South Dakota Auctioneers Association, and the Farmers Union.
He served a number of years on the Ravinia School Board and as township clerk in Plain Center Township.
Burton’s greatest fulfillment and enjoyment came from spending time with family, watching sports (especially the Twins and Vikings), riding horses, raising cattle, building fences, working the land, hearing a good story and telling a joke.
He is survived by his wife Eva; his son, Dennis (Rose) Weaver of Armour, SD; daughters Diana Wackel of Pickstown, SD; Karen Anderson of Armour, SD; Patty (Jerry) Lihs of Pierre, SD and Marsha (Ted) Honke of Mitchell, SD; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a twin sister, Beverly Immekus of Richmond, Virginia and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Alzeheimer’s Association of South Dakota and the American Heart Association.