A graduate of Akron Buchtel High School, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served on destroyers and saw combat in the Mediterranean Sea as a gunner’s mate. In November of 1944, Jack and his fellow shipmates had to abandon ship after a German torpedo attack sank their vessel. During this time, the surviving sailors were subjected to strafing runs by German attack aircraft as they swam from the whirlpool created by their sinking ship. Jack was rescued by a British frigate which was also involved in the battle. Jack’s proudest recollection of this action involved his participation in the rescue of his ship’s galley cat, which had been forced to abandon ship with the rest of the crew.
After the war, Jack enrolled at The Ohio State University, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 1950. While at OSU, Jack was involved in the entry of a cow for the position of Homecoming Queen, reminiscent of the cow that won in 1926. He was a proud member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity while at OSU.
Jack worked in advertising throughout his career, and in 1969 accepted the position of Advertising Director at the Chronicle-Telegram, retiring in 1992. He loved his time with the Chronicle Telegram and each year held a Sunday brunch Christmas party for his co-workers. Jack was a member of the Solon Lodge 757 F&AM (Past Master), Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Antioch Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, Springfield Shrine, and Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Jack had a lifetime love for Lake Erie, and owned several wooden boats throughout his life, including Adman and Dream Weaver. He enjoyed traveling, Buckeyes football, volunteer work with Heritage Center of Clark County, and spending time with his family. Jack was a friendly guy who loved people, and could tell great stories.
He is survived by sons, Eric and Chris Weaver (Petra) of Elyria; and cousin, Barbara Miske of Prescott, Arizona. He is also survived by grandsons, Christopher (April) and Brandon Weaver, who reside in Washington, D.C. Jack is also survived by his wife, Barbara (Parke) Weaver of Springfield; and stepdaughter, Becky (Dan) Regenold of Cincinnati; as well as step grandchildren, Kelly, Emily and Daniel of Cincinnati.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Grace (Lynch) Weaver in 1983; parents, Elza C. and Frances (Hawkins) Weaver; and cousin, Zelda (Weaver) Gill.
Visitation will be Monday, September 9, 2013 from 1 P.M. until time of Service at 2 P.M. at Littleton & Rue Funeral and Cremation Service in Springfield, Ohio. A Memorial Service will be held in Lorain County at a date to be announced.