February 2, 1923 ~ August 7, 2005
Robert John Weber
February 2, 1923 â€“ August 7, 2005
Robert John Weber, a longtime Manhattan Beach resident, died on Sunday, August 7, 2005, in Escondido, California, at 82 years of age. A native Californian, Bob was born on February 2, 1923, in Los Angeles, the eldest of three children born to Francis Clement Weber and Donna Ruth Habermann. His family moved to Manhattan Beach in 1936 when his father bought Manhattan Bakery. A World War II veteran, Bob served in the US Army Quartermaster Corps on Guadalcanal. After coming back from World War II, Bob and his brother owned and operated Weber Bros. Bakery from 1946 to 1954. Bob continued his 44-year career as a baker with Food Giant Market and Vons Market before retiring in 1985.
Bob was a member of American Legion Post 184 where he worked with the Boysâ€™ State program (in which he participated as a high school student at Redondo Union High School). He was also a very active member in American Martyrs Catholic Parish, but Bobâ€™s passion was his involvement in the Knights of Columbus. A charter member of Queen of Martyrs Council 4567, he held numerous offices and responsibilities at the local level, including two terms as Grand Knight. He went on to serve as president of the Southern California Chapter Knights of Columbus and as Faithful Navigator of the Father Hawe General Assembly of the Fourth Degree. Bob was most proud of his leadership with the Columbian Squires, where he completed 15 years as Californiaâ€™s State Squires Director, earning multiple awards for his commitment to the program.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Barbara; daughter Ann (and Delton) Stevens of San Diego, son Bob (and Sally) of Virginia, and daughter Mary (and Richard) Hilton of Minnesota. Also surviving are his brother Jim (and Bea) of North Carolina and his sister Mary Ellen (and Charles) Etherington of Thousand Oaks; and grandchildren Mark and Eric Stevens and Joshua, Sarah, Hannah, and Deborah Hilton.
Services include a rosary at American Martyrs Church on Friday, August 12, at 7:30 PM. Mass will be held at American Martyrs on Saturday, August 13, at 9:00 AM followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Bobâ€™s honor may be made to Rancho San Antonio, 21000 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, California 91311, or Star House, c/o Knights of Columbus council 4567, Manhattan Beach, CA.
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