Taps played for retired Army SFC. Marlin O. Weber after 83 long years of service to the country, Texas and his family on Monday.
Services are pending at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
He is the widow of the late Emily Weber of San Antonio.
He leaves behind two loving sons, Keith D. Weber of Jacksonville, and Kevin W. Weber of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; a sister, Leona Hill of Rockford, Ill.; two grandchildren, Chandler M. Weber and Kaylianne M. Weber, both of rural Pulaski County; and other family members, including sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews and numerous grand nieces and grand nephews, along with other friends and neighbors.
He was born in Vernon County, Wisconsin. He attended schools in Viroqua, Wisc., and Rockford, Ill. He was drafted into the Army for the Korean Conflict but ended serving the first of three tours in Germany.
After discharge from the Army, he attended and graduated from Oshkosh Normal School, now the University of Wisconsin and he married Emily Weber of Mayville, Wisc., in 1960. They were married 54 years. She passed on in February 2014.
He rejoined the military in the summer of 1961 after teaching for a year in Indio, Calif.
He served 20 years in the U.S. Army. He had three tours of Germany, retiring in October/November 1979 as NCO in Charge of Chapel Activity for the 21st Support Command at Kaiserslautern. He turned down a promotion to E-8 which would have sent him to Fort Hood, Texas.
Other assignments took the family to Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash., 1961-63; Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana, 64; Mannheim and Stuttgart, Germany, 65-67; Fort Leavenworth, Kan., 68-70; Vietnam, 70-71; Fort Polk, La., 1971-76; and Danner and Panzar Kasernes, Kaiserslautern, 1976-79.
After the Army, he served the State of Texas as an administrative associate in the maintenance department of the Institute of Texas Cultures in downtown San Antonio for many years.
Throughout all his travels in the military and retiree, he was able to enjoy an avid hobby as a travelogue photographer. He would present slide shows of various places around the country and world for nursing home residents.
He also took care of the house and helped his wife, Emily, with her garden.
He lead an active life until the last years of his life.