Delbert William Weigant
March 27, 1918 – March 1, 2018
Delbert “Bub” Weigant passed away quietly at home Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 99 years and 11 months. He was born March 27, 1918, in Adna, Wash., the second son of George and Edna Weigant. He attended school in Adna and graduated with the class of 1935.
He joined the United States Army in 1937 for three years and rejoined the Army in 1942. On his second tour, he served with the 757 Tank Battalion as a tank mechanic. Delbert served in Northern Africa and up through Italy. After the war, he returned to Chehalis and returned to work for Floe's Inc., as a truck parts manager, a job he held until 1974. Delbert then started his own business called the U-Joint. He worked building this successful business until selling it in 1991.
Delbert married Anne Stewart Schultz in 1952. They were married for 53 years. Before and after retirement they traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Each year for several years, Delbert and Anne traveled around the country to meet with other 757 Tank Battalion veterans.
He was a master repurposer, reweaving lawn chairs with seat belts, building a go-cart powered by a washing machine engine and using an old oil drum for a rain barrel. Delbert was famous in the family for his homemade wine and brandy and a drink he dubbed “holy water” made from Jerusalem artichokes. He maintained a large garden for many years. Delbert also loved working sudoku and crossword puzzles.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; two brothers, Donald and Charles Weigant; infant son, Thomas Wayne; and granddaughter, Sarah Tupper.
Delbert is survived by four children,
Jim (Myrna) Schultz, Susan Tupper, Billie (Don) Tveit and Michael Weigant; sisters, Gloria Wagner and Dorothy (Bill) Carle; five grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
We would like to thank Shelley and Michele Stoner for their loving support during the last months. The Family would also like to thank the staff of Centralia Providence Hospital and Providence Hospice for their gentle care of our father, “Bub”.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in Delbert’s name be sent to the Lewis County Historical Society, 599 NW Front Way, Chehalis, WA 98532 or Veterans Memorial Museum, 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA 98532.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Mt. View Cemetery in Centralia.