John E. Weems, 88, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2018.
John was born Feb. 10, 1929, to Henry and Bernice (Johnson) Weems. John was diagnosed with polio when he was 13 and spent nearly a year in St. Francis Hospital. John was fitted with a brace on his right leg and walked with the aid of crutches. Later in life he was confined to a wheelchair.
John graduated Peabody High School in 1949 and attended Wichita Business College. He retired in 1990 from Edo-Aire Industries in Wichita, Kansas.
John enjoyed his visits with his sister Delberta and talking with her daily on the phone. John made several trips to Florida and took his parents to visit Delberta and family. On another trip to Florida, he took his sister Andrea and nieces Jeanenne and Lenora.
John enjoyed the outdoors. He loved fishing, target practice, and sitting in the sun. John loved being with his family. He liked spending time with Mick and Noreen in the country and trips to Colorado with Mick. John enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews grow up and helped to teach them to drive.
John called Kidron Bethel Village his home where he lived for almost nine years. Until last year, he lived in an apartment there. He was especially appreciative of his home health care worker, Arletta, who looked after him for more than 16 years.
John is survived by his sister Delberta (Weems) Brandt of Middleburg, Florida; aunt Mary Thomas of Derby, Kansas; nephew Darren; nieces Jeannene, Lenora, Jolene, Pam, Becky, and Regina; and many cousins, great-nephews, and great-nieces.
He is preceded in death by his father Henry Weems of Peabody, Kansas; mother Bernice (Johnson) Weems of Peabody, Kansas; sister Andrea (Weems) Rodgers of Newton, Kansas; and brother Melvin “Mick” Weems of Peabody, Kansas.
Memorials have been established for Peabody Hearts 4 Hart Park equipment. Checks payable to City of Peabody with “PH4HP, John W.” in the memo line can be mailed to Vintage Bank, Attn. Hannah, PO Box 131, Peabody KS 66866. Over the years John, his nieces, nephews and families have enjoyed Peabody City Park.
A graveside service will be Sunday, May 27, 2018, Memorial Day weekend, at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, Kansas. Time will be announced at a later date.