Douglas J. Weber, 53Douglas J. Weber, age 53, of Cannon Falls, died unexpectedly on July 28 at his home.
Douglas J. Weber, age 53, of Cannon Falls, died unexpectedly on July 28 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Miesville, Minn., with Fr. Fernando Ortega officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Miesville, and also for 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Douglas J. Weber, the son of John "Jack" and Marlys (Miller) Weber, was born Feb. 3, 1959, in Hastings, and grew up on the family farm. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1977. On April 23, 1983, Doug was united in marriage to Merrilee Ashton at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls. They made their home north of Cannon Falls where Doug built the house where they resided. He was currently an employee of the City of Hastings for more than 25 years where he worked on the street maintenance department and took care of the ice arena.
Farming was always a part of his life, and he enjoyed farming with his dad and brothers. He said that he loved farming because it was a job where you could plant something and get the satisfaction of watching it grow…and you could be your own boss. In addition, he and Merrilee owned several Subway Restaurants in the area.
Doug enjoyed his hunting excursions to Wyoming, bow hunting with his sons, brothers, and dad, and also the annual spring turkey hunt with his boys. Every year, he and Sianna shared a fantasy football team, and they would combine their efforts to win it all. He loved his wife dearly and his children were his pride and joy. Doug enjoyed watching his kids play sports and getting in "TV and ice cream time" with them. Doug was generous with his time and always put others before himself. He was a member of the Cannon Falls Sportsman's Club and the Knights of Columbus.
In October of 2011, a benefit was held, and Doug was overwhelmed with the response of so many caring people. They were able to find four potential donor matches in the fight against bone marrow and blood disease. From the onset of his diagnosis with leukemia in 2003, Doug courageously fought hard…he never lost the battle with cancer; he won the right to enter heaven.
Doug is survived by his loving wife, Merrilee; children, Sianna, Nicholas (Jill), Samuel (girlfriend Lexie Lee); parents, Jack and Marlys; siblings, Gretchen (Steve) Rauchwarter, Scott (Rosann), Sandra Strandberg, Tim (Rene), and Tom; also three godchildren, many nieces and nephews, loving in-laws, and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother David and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joyce "Mitzi" and Myron Ashton.
Arrangements with Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls, 507-263-4246.
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