Obituary for Keith Weaver
Keith Weaver, resident of Tomslake BC, passed away on February 26, 2018 at the age of 81. A memorial service was held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2pm at Tupper Hall. Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation or Gateway to the Arctic Camp, PO Box 1221, Talkeetna, Alaska, 99676.
Life Story for Keith Weaver
Keith Weaver, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed from us on Feb 26, 2018, at the age of 81.
Keith was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania on Nov 13, 1936. He is the oldest of three children, born to Fred and Martha Weaver. He grew up in Linden Hall, PA. His dad, Fred was a corn researcher at Penn State University, and his mother also worked at the University as a cafeteria cook.
In high school, Keith was involved with both football and wrestling. He also loved to be around and ride horses. He always had a yearning and desire for agriculture and working the land. At the age of 18yrs, Keith enlisted in the army and served in the Korean war as a radar technician from 1954-56. Coming back home, he worked in the local cannery, and this is where he caught the eye and heart of his future wife, Janet Kerstetter. They were married in 1959 in Zion, PA. They bought a 60 acre farm and Keith became a dairy farmer, while Janet taught elementary school. As their family grew, things were good, but Keith was not content; he had a yearning for something more; Keith was feeling stifled and congested. He had a dream of riding the range--to be a cowboy. He had a vision for his family that went beyond central Pennsylvania, a dream that would be found and fulfilled in northern British Columbia, on the Keystone ranch. After years of research, scouting out distant lands, and with the support of a loving wife, Keith and Janet decided to move 2560 miles Northwest to a small town in Tomslake, British Columbia, Canada.
‘What?’, ‘Canada?’ ‘Are you guys are out of your minds’, were the comments of parents, family and friends! But the Weaver’s were not to be deterred! By June 15, 1973, the dairy farm was sold, Janet finished out her semester of teaching, and they were on the road, heading out west. They arrived in Dawson Creek, BC by June 30th.
Not only was Keith full of dreams and vision, but he was determined and ambitious as well. In the following years, Keith and his family homesteaded 4 sections of land. Their nearest neighbors were 5 miles away. Through faith, hard work and whatever funds Janet brought in, they together built a road, cleared land, created hayfields, ran a sawmill, built up their livestock (both cattle and horses) and lands to be self-sustaining. Life wasn’t always dreamy; they endured a year of loss of both cattle and home, when their house burnt down in the cold Jan winter of 1982. Keith was realizing that the desire to have freedom, space and a simple family life, often came at a huge cost; ranching was a rough and merciless profession, at the beck and call of weather and economy. Yet for as many times as he may have been broke, and at times felt broken, he always got back up! The Keystone ranch had become a reality. Keith was proud, and he should be!
In 2013, Keith and Janet sold their ranch. Though it was bittersweet, the time was ripe. Keith and Janet transitioned to enjoying being grandparents, great-grandparents, travelling and being snowbirds. They loved being around their immediate family, visiting friends, visiting family in PA, and visiting their daughter and son-in-law in Alaska, where they took many more steps of faith.
Keith will ever be remembered as a tender hearted and kind man. Most times he had a smile on his face. He also had a fiery-side, where he would reach his limit and let you know that you needed to ‘tow the line’!
Keith has left a legacy behind, and we want to acknowledge them at this point.
Janet Weaver, his wife of 58 years., 4 Children, 17 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.
The eldest, Shonny Kuenzl, married to Walter Kuenzl. They have 6 children: Cali-Ann Nichol [Scott Nichol] children; Taylor, Bria, Caden. Sheilah Schlamp [the late Warren Schlamp], children; Linden, Reid and Avery. Warren Kuenzl [Samara Kuenzl], children; Gwen and Bruin. Shawna Atkinson [Jesse Atkinson], children; Aidan and Aleea. Weston Kuenzl [Kaleigh Needham], and Wyatt Kuenzl.
Jeffrey Weaver, married to Yvette Weaver. They have 3 children: Lorne Weaver [Becki Weaver] children; Trysta, Hayden, Holden and Miela. Evan Weaver and Janine Weaver
Gregory Weaver, married to Heather Weaver. They have 3 children; Lewis Weaver, Russel Weaver and Stuart Weaver.
Stephany Nadon, married to Raymond Nadon. They have 3 children; Karl Nadon, Keith Nadon [Shayleen Nadon], and Clayton Nadon.
Keith is survived by his younger brother, Barry Weaver [Nancy Weaver] of Cheyenne, Wyoming and sister, Judy Long [Forest Long] of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.