Thomas Henry Weaver
January 20, 1924 – June 11, 2014
Tom was born January 20th, 1924 at his home at 10th and Milwaukee in Denver, Colorado. His parents were Thomas Henry and Lina Marie (Goedicke) Weaver. They were married July 20, 1881. He was the youngest of seven children. His brothers and sisters being: Harold Thomas (4/6/1908), George "Bud" Frederick (4/27/1910), Milton Goedicke (12/31/1911), Louise Helen (11/30/1913), William Henry (12/12/1916), and Alice "Sis" Marie (9/15/1919). He attended Stevens Elementary, Gove Junior High, and East High School, graduating in 1942. While in high school he worked at Capitol Drug and other drug stores as a "soda jerk" and on fox farms. He spent summers working on a ranch in Oak Creek, Colorado. After graduation he worked on the Painter Ranch in Roggen, Colorado. Tom was drafted into the army on June 12, 1944 after he inquired about why he wasn't called up before. He found out that his ranch boss had him deferred since his job was essential to the war effort. He entered active service through Fort Logan, completed boot camp in Texas, and served in the Philippines as a second gunner on a 16mm mortar squad. After his discharge from the service he spent a four year apprenticeship learning leather work and then became a journeyman worker at Colorado Saddlery and H.H.Heiser Co. carving parts for saddles. He also made the leather straps for the electric chair in the old penitentiary in Canon City, Colorado. Throughout the years he played the guitar and piano by ear, not knowing how to read music. He sang with boyhood friends Rich Rose and Bob Townsend and they made a recording of "Blue Suede Shoes". Tom taught ballroom dancing for a short time and enjoyed it many years with his wife Jean. They also square danced at the Hayloft for several years. He met Jean through mutual friends in 1958. They were married on September 11, 1959 at Trinity Methodist Church in downtown Denver, They built a house in Southwest Denver where Jean, her daughter Susan and he lived until daughter Leslie joined them in 1960. Tom adopted Susan in 1961. Throughout the years the family visited many national parks, camping and fishing along the way. One favorite thing to do on trips, or just driving in the mountains, was to find a little dirt road and follow it just to see where it went. Tom learned drywall finishing in the 1950s and continued doing it for 23 years. With construction slowing and an injury, he took his "C Level" driver's license test. He began driving for RTD shortly there after. He retired after 13 years at the age of 65. After retiring he spent time taking cruises and traveling with his wife, golfed for 20 years, bowled, played cards with friends, and enjoyed eating breakfast at his favorite restaurants ever weekend. Tom also loved to play with his grandson Nicholas when he was small. As he grew up Nicholas and his Gramps enjoyed going fishing and playing golf together. Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years Jean, his daughters Susan (Terry) Chase and Leslie Simpson, and grandson Nicholas Chase and many nieces and nephews that loved him very much.
- Memorial Service Thursday, June 19, 2014