The Greatest Generation

Roger William Weir
1922 – 2017.

 I am learning that the American heroes of old  are becoming fewer and fewer. My local hog chapter makes an annual trek to the veterans home in Chula Vista, for lunch and conversation. The World War II veterans are shrinking in number as the pages of the calendar turn.

It is my high honor to serve with Patriot Guard Riders. The Patriot Guard pays homage to our fallen veterans and first responders, at their respective funerals.  Of the variety of funerals I have participated in with The Patriot Guard the most meaningful for me are the World War II veterans.   This coming Saturday, 18 November, we have the honor of giving thanks to God as Roger William Weir is laid to rest.

Mr. Weir was 95 years old at the time he fell asleep in the Lord. He served honorably in the US Army from August 1943 to January 1946. The following awards are a result of his military service: the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Three Overseas Service Bars and the Good Conduct Medal. He participated in battles and campaigns in East Indies, New, Guinea and Southern Philippines Luzon.

When the war ended Mr. Weir stayed in the Philippines where he started a business salvaging sunken boats. He also started a bus company. He married Corine Larrazabal in 1949 and they continued living in the Philippines until they moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1950. In Honolulu he worked for American Factors as an Architect and designed and built commercial buildings all over the islands and in Hong Kong. He raced sail boats and was a member of the Kaneohe Yacht Club. He moved the family to El Cajon, California in 1958.

Mr. Weir is survived by his spouse of 68 years, Corine S. L. Weir; children Carol Ann Weir Dominion, Roger W. Weir, Jr., John R. Weir, Carin A. Weir Graves, Edita M. Weir Petrov; 13 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

” I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” John 11:25-26

Merciful father, the generations rise and pass away before you. You are the strength of those who labor and the repose of the blessed dead. We give you thanks for all who have lived and died in the faith, especially for Roger, our brother. In his body you gave him life and poured out your  Holy spirit when you washed him in the renewing waters of holy baptism. By the same spirit you led him to confess with his mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in his heart that you have raised Christ from the dead. Give us faith to commend him to your care as we wait with confidence the resurrection of all your Saints living and asleep, through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen

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