Phil Weaver dies suddenly after 36 years of public service

Dearborn County Treasurer Phil Weaver, 66, who lived his entire adult life serving others, died suddenly Monday, Oct. 24, following complications from surgery.

Weaver, 66, was bound to a wheelchair since he was 25 years old, following a car accident, but that never stopped him from living a full life centered around his wife Beverly, his daughter Amanda, son Adam, and his love for farming and 4-H, said his daughter Amanda Blair.

A lifelong Aurora resident, Weaver held elected office in Dearborn County for 36 consecutive years. He never lost an election after first winning the county treasurer’s race in 1980. Weaver also served as county clerk of courts several terms.

“He was the best dad,” said Amanda, choking back tears.

“He was involved in everything me and my brother did in school and 4-H. He championed everything we did. He was dedicated to my mom, and he loved farming.”

Weaver, who grew up on a farm, kept with it through his life raising cattle, and providing calves to 4-Hers to show at the fair. He also was instrumental in creating the contemporary fair in 1988, making it more of a community and family event, said Amanda.   

Weaver was a volunteer for the Dearborn County 4-H Association and the Dearborn County 4-H Fair Board, for which he served as president many years. He was a 4-H member as a kid.

He also served many years with Dollars for Scholars.

“He could talk with anyone. He never let anything stop him from having a positive attitude. He loved people, and he was a dedicated public servant,” said Amanda.

“You don’t know the strength and courage he had. He’s loved by so many people, and we know that, but this also is a loss to his family.”

Just last month, Weaver was honored as the final Dearborn County resident to carry the Indiana Bicentennial Torch. The pride in his eyes was evident as he headed toward the Lawrenceburg Levee.

 Weaver, a Republican, was running unopposed for county treasurer.

Funeral Services:

Phillip D. Weaver, 66, of Aurora, Ind., passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born April 1, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of Orville Weaver and the late Mary Ellen Weaver.

Phillip served as County Treasurer for Dearborn County as well as Clerk of Courts since 1980. He enjoyed his work at the courthouse and met many friends and colleagues in his 36 years of public service.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the Dearborn County 4-H Board of Directors, the Dearborn County Fair Board, Republican Men's Club and was involved with the South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars program. Phillip graduated from Aurora High School and then went on to Purdue University. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle. He was the announcer for a number of livestock shows during the Dearborn and Ohio County 4-H fairs. He served as the final Dearborn County Torch Bearer to celebrate the Indiana State Bicentennial. He loved spending time with his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his father, Orville Weaver of Aurora, Ind.; wife of 45 years, Beverly Weaver of Aurora, Ind.; children, Adam (Allison) Weaver of Aurora, Ind., and Amanda (Britton) Blair of Vale, S.D.; siblings, Becki (Pete) Nocks of Aurora, Ind., Dana (Donna) Weaver of Philo, Ill., and Darrell (Beth) Weaver of Dillsboro, Ind.., and grandsons, Jack and Colt Blair, and Case Weaver.

He was preceded in death by brother, Murl Weaver and mother, Mary Ellen Weaver.

Friends will be received Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 220 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. at the church with Pastor Edward Davis officiating.

Contributions may be made to Dearborn County 4-H Association or St. John Lutheran School.