Robert Lloyd Weliver, 72, of Crawfordsville died at 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2019, unexpectedly after open heart surgery in St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis.
He was born May 2, 1947, at Crawfordsville, to Robert D. and Arthella Caster Weliver. He loved life and lived it to its fullest. His greatest love was his family. He married Mary Cain on Oct. 23, 1976, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Crawfordsville.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Weliver; sons, Brian Ramey and Robert T. Weliver (Jennifer); daughter Sara Elliott; grandsons, Dane and Drake Elliott (their hero); brother Frank “Skeet” Weliver (Mary); sisters, Dee Schultz (Jim) and Kathy Warren; brothers-in-law and sisters in-law he considered his brothers and sisters; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Greg Warren.
He had many hobbies including golfing, mowing his yard and his nephew’s vineyard. His favorite hobby was watching and coaching from the sidelines his two grandsons in whatever sporting event they were involved in. He loved to travel with his family on trips to Florida, Chicago “Go Cubbies,” St. Louis, Gulf Shores, Virginia Beach, National Harbor, Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg.
He served 23 years in the military, retiring as a major. His love for the military was passed on to him by his father Maj. Gen. Robert D. Weliver. At age 13, he attended Culver Military Academy and was a member of the Black Horse Troop. He attended several military schools including the following: Army Airborne School, Ft. Benning Georgia; Jungle Operations, Ft Gulick, C.Z.; Armor School, Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Infantry School, Ft. Benning, Georgia; Officer School, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma; Chemical Weapon School, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; Rotary Wing Aviation School, Ft. Rucker, Alabama; and Field Artillery Officer advanced training at Ft. Eustis, Virginia.
As a lieutenant, he was assigned to D Battery, 2nd 150th Field Artillery in Lebanon. After flight school, he was assigned to A Company 38th Aviation Battalion in Shelbyville. His greatest military assignment was flying his dad, who was the division commander.
As a captain, he held command of A Battery, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery, 38th Infantry Division at Darlington. Awards include Army Achievement Medals, First Class Gunner in the Indiana Red Leg Association, Military Order of Artillerymen, and Indiana Commendation Medal Exceptional Meritorious Service and 3rd Battalion (105 MM Towed) 139th Artillery Service Award for Outstanding Leadership.
He was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the City of Crawfordsville for risking his own life for an elderly woman whose home was engulfed in flames.
He attended Crawfordsville High School and Indiana State University. He was in the warehousing business and had been a transport deputy for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Memberships included St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Rocky Ridge Golf Club, Elks Lodge #483, Loyal Order of Moose, Fraternal Order of Eagles #1005 and American Legion Post 302 as a 50-year member.
Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 1306 E. Main St., Crawfordsville. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12 at St. Bernard’s, with Rev. Christopher Shocklee officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, 2701-7799 N U.S. 231, Crawfordsville, with military rites conducted at the grave site.
Memorials can be made to Pheasants Forever Coal Creek Chapter, Darlington Library and Darlington Covered Bridge.
Online condolences may be made at www.huntandson.com.