Bernard Leroy Weber was born on March 21, 1918 in Fort Lupton, Colorado to Frank and Cecil Weber. He was the second of nine siblings. He passed away Nov. 30, 2019, in Rifle, Colorado at the Veterans Community Living Center.
He was raised on the family farm until he joined the Navy in 1938.
He was aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was sent to Pearl Harbor in 1940. He was aboard when it took eight torpedoes on Dec. 7, 1941.
The Oklahoma was capsized, taking the lives of 400 of his shipmates. He was listed as MIA for 10 days before his parents received word that he was okay. He was then transferred to the USS North Hampton. Eleven months later the USS North Hampton was torpedoed and sunk on its way to Guadalcanal.
He had to swim for quite awhile in the dark before being rescued. He was put aboard the USS Iowa in Brooklyn, New York where they took President Roosevelt to the Mediterranean to meet with Stalin and Churchill.
He married Maxine Brewer on Jan. 16. 1945 while still in the Navy. They lived in Port Orchard, Washington until his discharge in September of 1945.
They came home to work on the family farm where their daughter Beverly was born. After several years he went to work for Carter Oil Company, which required moving to a lot of different places.
In 1956, they moved to Moab, Utah, where they put down roots for about nine years when he went to work for Atlas Uranium Mill. After that they moved to Gypsum, Colorado and Silt, Colorado where he did ranch work.
In 1980 they moved back to Moab to retire and they remained until Maxine’s death in 2011.
With failing eyesight, he moved back to Gypsum to live with his daughter. He lived with her for six years until moving into the Veterans Community Living Center in Rifle.
He will be remembered for his love of family, his sense of humor and teasing nature.
He is survived by his daughter, Bev (Tom) Harris; grandsons, John (Louanna) Harris and Jim (Tammy) Harris; great-grandsons, Troy (Shay) Harris, Tanner (Lexie) Harris and Tye Harris; and great-granddaughter, Macee Harris; and great-great-grandsons, Ryker and Lawsen Harris, all of Gypsum; one brother, Charles Weber of Grand Junction, Colorado; and one sister, Wanda McClure of Palmer, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews