It is with great sadness that the Weaver family announces the passing of Cecil Weaver, also known as “The Senator” by those who worked with him at Kennecott Copper Corporation.

Cecil passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 16, 2018 in Ely, NV, his home for nearly 50 years. Born in Erie, TN in 1928, his family moved around the Midwest throughout his early adolescence before settling in Silt, CO.

At the age of 21, Cecil was drafted into the Army and sent to Korea, where he quickly achieved the rank of Sergeant. During his deployment, he began exchanging letters with his sister Autumn’s best friend, Lois Kruger, who would eventually become more than just a pen pal.

After the war, Cecil attended Hobart Welding School in Ohio on the GI Bill. Upon returning to Colorado, he reunited with Lois, and married the love of his life on Christmas Day, 1955 in a double wedding with Lois’ uncle and his fiancé.

Cecil and Lois had three sons in Colorado: Daniel, David, and Randy. In 1963, the family moved to Ruth, NV, where he began a 20-year career as a welder for Kennecott. He built many lifelong friendships at KCC, where he was nicknamed “The Senator” for his sense of humor and passion for debating a variety of topics.

In 1969, Cecil built a house for his family on the McGill Highway that would become their forever home. He obtained his contractor’s license in 1975, and put his skills to use building and selling homes, performing repairs, and renting properties for the remainder of his working years. In his spare time he enjoyed exploring ghost towns and prospecting, and even built his own gold washing system from used parts.

Cecil was a lifelong learner, teacher, and role model. He will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, sharp wit, honesty, and genuine personality.  He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lois; his three sons, Daniel (Sheri) of Elko, David of Ely, and Randy (Cynthia) of Ely, Daughter by choice Renee of Ely; his six grandchildren, Tara (Mark), Maggie (Israel), Jessie (Kirk), Bryce (Sarah), Brad (Andria), and Teran; and his six great-grandchildren, Weston (Sir Winston), Addison, Tayte, Shelbie, Wyatt, and Joseph.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. at the Ely United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Pioche Hwy.