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Dr. Charles Lewis Weber died on September 21, 2015, just 24 days short of his 95th birthday. He was not only a veteran school administrator, but also a decorated military veteran of World War II. He was born in Cement, Okla., to Walter E. and Virginia Weber, one of nine children who grew up on the family farm at Broxton, Caddo County, located six miles north of Apache, Okla. After graduating from Broxton High School in 1938, Charles enrolled in Southwestern State College (now SWOSU). In order to assist paying for his education, he joined the local Army National Guard unit in April 1939. His company was activated in 1940 and on December 2, 1941, he was promoted to Sergeant E-5, which of course was just five days before the attack at Pearl Harbor and the outbreak of WWII. He and most of his Weatherford unit were detached from the 45th Infantry Division and were sent to the Panama Canal zone. He returned to Oklahoma in 1942 to join an Officer Candidate Class at Ft. Sill and became a Second Lt. on February 13, 1943. He later served in North Africa and Italy where he participated five major battles which commenced with the landing in Naples in 1943. He also fought at Monte Cassino, landed again at Anzio and served through the Rome and Arno campaigns. As a field artillery officer, he was assigned to be a forward observer in small aircraft. In the battle for Rome, he received a bullet wound in his right foot and spent a couple of months recuperating in Naples before returning for the Arno River campaign. He earned five major battle stars along with the Purple Heart. When the war ended in April 1945, he was a First Lieutenant commanding a field artillery battery in the 91st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, First Armored Division. After a brief tour in occupied Germany he was sent back to Camp Chaffee, Ark., and separated from service. He resumed his education by enrolling at Cameron Junior College and then Oklahoma A&M (now OSU) in September 1946. He earned his Bachelors degree in Education with a major in math and general science. In 1947 he started his career in education as a teacher/coach at Boswell. Then he became teacher/coach/principal at Fargo from 1948-1953. He held similar duties at Ames from 1953-55 while completing his Master’s degree in Education from Phillips University in Enid. Dr. Weber was superintendent at Greenfield from 1955-61 and became superintendent in Watonga from 1961-65. From 1965-67 he pursued doctoral studies at OSU, and then became superintendent in Guthrie from 1967-68. He was assistant director of finance for the State Department of Education and then its director from 1968-72. From 1972-79 he returned to Watonga as superintendent and then was an adjunct professor at Central State University from 1979-81. From 1981-88 he was a substitute teacher while working in real estate as a change of gears. During the years 1950-1963, Dr. Weber returned again first to the Oklahoma Army National Guard serving for a while as the infantry company commander in Watonga, and then finally retiring as a Major, USAR, in 1964. He served as executive director of Oklahoma Retired Educators from 1988-99, and then he stepped back to care for his ailing wife, Thressa, from 1999 until her death on January 29, 2000. Before retiring, he served as budget chairman and consultant to the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association from 2001-05. Dr. Weber always had a warm place in his heart for the students and people within the districts he served, but having spent 16 years in Blaine County first at Greenfield and then Watonga, that was the area he viewed as home. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Scoggin Weber, Oklahoma City; daughter Charlessa and husband Douglas Allen, Kingston; son Walter Rolla and wife Patty Weber, Springfield, Ore.; sisters Maxine Asch, Oklahoma City and Imogene McKnight, Apache; stepdaughter Janet and husband Bill Raymer, Edmond; stepson Kent and wife Nancy Scoggin, Norman; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thressa Goodman Weber; grandson Chris Weber; brothers Esmond, Raymond and Angus, and sisters Melba, Thelma and Wilma. A memorial service was 10 a.m. Monday, September 28 at First United Methodist Church in Edmond, followed by burial at 2:30 p.m. at the Anadarko Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the OREA, PO Box 18485, Oklahoma City, OK  73154.
Published on  September 28, 2015
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