NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- William Theodore "Uncle B" Weber, 48, passed away June 20, 2011, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
Billy was born Dec. 15, 1962, in Yuba City, California to William Eugene and Susan Jean Dethlefsen Weber. Billy spent his early youth in California surrounded by family who would congregate at the family farm near Wheatland, California. On the farm, Billy always was up for an adventure playing King of the Hill in the hay barn or swimming in the irrigation ditch. His early experiences in hunting pheasants in the rice fields would lead to a lifelong enjoyment of the sport.
After high school, Billy explored several vocations, including the oil field and highway construction, to name few. His jobs carried him away from Nebraska to states like Arizona.
Billy was also a member of the Nebraska National Guard where he served, to the amazement of family and friends, as a tank driver. Billy was especially proud of the "Most Improved" tank crew award his crew earned during the 1984 maneuvers. His service with the National Guard carried him to Germany where he made the most of his time taking in the local culture and making memories.
Billy returned to Nebraska and attended the Hastings Vocational Technical School where he was certified in refrigeration technology.
During this time, Billy met the love of his life, Jodi Ann Tessendorf. They married and settled in Clarks, Nebraska, where Billy operated a concrete construction business. To their union, they welcomed a son, Abraham Michael Weber, born Nov. 17, 1992. Shortly after the birth of their son, Jodi was taken from them in a tragic accident. Billy carried on raising Abraham with the help of good friends Kevin and Rhonda Gulford of Clarks.
Billy and Abraham moved to North Platte in 1995 where he went to work for Knobel Refrigeration. Billy's daily work carried him all over the western half of Nebraska, where his expertise and easy manner won over many now loyal customers and friends.
Billy's enjoyment of life made him many friends along the way. He was sure to include his friends in his many hunting and fishing adventures as well as trips to concerts where his love of music was fully on display. His collection of vinyl records numbered in the thousands.
Billy was always the life of the party; sure not to miss a thing and provide many memorable stories, especially Fourth of July in Culbertson with Elliott. Billy's love of dogs was well known with his favorites including Sammy, Cinderella, Brown Dog and Germ.
Billy is survived by his son, Abraham of the family home; his parents, Bill and Susan Weber; sister, Ronda Erdman of Culbertson; specials cousins, James and Deb Walker of Farmington, New Mexico, Scott and Missy Walker of Sacramento, California, and Aaron Walker of Sacramento; special nephews, Brock Erdman, wife, Amy, and daughter, Kaliana of Osborn, Kansas, and Nick Erdman and special friend, Tina Oberg of Culbertson; special nieces, Angela Bieseker, husband, Dave, and son, Jay of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Amanda Ray, husband, Joe, and daughters, Jordyn and Morgan of Farmington, New Mexico; lifelong friends, Barry Ellis, wife, Lisa, and son, Elliott of Culbertson, Wayne Grafel and wife, Latisha of Boulder, Colorado, Kevin and Rhonda Gulford of Clarks, Dan Greeley and children, Zeb and Danielle of North Platte, Todd Ellinger and family of Culbertson, and Scott Mitchell and wife, Beth of North Platte; as well as friends, Rod Hasbrouk and Charlotte Rolf of North Platte.
The number of friends Billy made during his life are too numerous to list but the impact they had on him and he on them will never be forgotten.
Billy was preceded in death by his only true love, wife, Jodi; special friends, Stanley Rolf, Thad Cudmore and Jodi Saratin.
Memorials may be made in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Funeral services are Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte with a 1:30 p.m. graveside service at the Culbertson Cemetery.
Visitation is Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Adams and Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of the arrangements.