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Alan Lee Weimer passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, at Community Howard Regional Health, Kokomo, Indiana, where he had lived for the past two years. He was born in Monroe County to Harry and Edith (Butcher) Weimer on May 24, 1934. He married Donna Rose (Lind) Weimer on Aug. 19, 1956.
After graduating from Bloomington High School, Alan served four years as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles." Returning to Bloomington, he began a 30-year career for the U.S. Postal Service. After many years at the Bloomington post office, he transferred to the West Baden, Indiana, post office, where he served as postmaster until retirement.
After his Army service, Alan joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Early in his career he was called up during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He held positions as combat controller, loadmaster, and was the assistant fire chief of the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Force Base, Indiana. As a loadmaster on C-119's and later on C-141's, he participated in a number of missions taking him all over the globe. Alan retired from the Air Force Reserve after 28 years of military service.
Alan's community involvements included serving with the Monroe County Civil Defense, the Indian Creek Fire Fighters board, and membership in the Exchange Club of Springs Valley. He was a longtime member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Bloomington and attended West Middleton United Methodist Church in West Middleton, Indiana.
An avid fan of all things related to airplanes and flying, Alan attained his private pilot rating and enjoyed flying small aircraft and ultralights as often as possible, as well as hanging out with his buddies at the French Lick Airport or attending the annual Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, Fly-In.
While raising his children, the family enjoyed camping for many years and took several vacation trips across the U.S.A. Later, he and Donna Rose would enjoy traveling and spending time with their many friends. Alan was quiet in nature but always quick to tell a joke. During his time in Kokomo, he spent many hours at the clubhouse of his retirement community playing euchre and other activities with community members. In the summer of 2017, he satisfied a life-long wish with the purchase of a pontoon boat and spent many enjoyable hours on the Mississinewa Reservoir with his children and grandchildren.
Alan is survived by his children, Katrina Beth Ladwig (Joachim), Bloomington, Paul Alan Weimer (Beth),Kokomo, and Linda LeAnn Dake (Douglas), Indianapolis; grandchildren, Britany Bookwalter, Bryce Bookwalter, Joachim Ladwig, Henry Ladwig, Alan Weimer, Anne Marie Weimer, Bonnie Hawes, Molly Weddle, and Joshua Dake; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna Rose; three sisters, Barbara Weimer (infant), Marjorie Crisman, and Martha Smith; a granddaughter, Bethany Bookwalter (infant), and a series of beloved beagle dogs.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at Allen Funeral Home & Crematory 4155 S. Old St RD 37, Bloomington, with the Rev. Ray New officiating. Burial will follow at the Clear Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church in Bloomington, or to West Middleton United Methodist Church in West Middleton, Indiana. You are invited to share a memory or leave an online condolence to the family at www.allencares.com.
Published on March 7, 2018
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