Robert “Bob” Dale Weakly was born in Hyannis, Nebraska, on January 7, 1933, to Wayne and Alice Brownfield Weakly, the oldest of five children. He passed away on February 1, 2021, at Boundary Community Hospital, Bonners Ferry, at the age of 88, due to complications from COPD.
His family invites friends old and new to a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Chic-n-Chop Restaurant, 6421 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
There will be a chicken luncheon with several desserts, including cinnamon rolls using Bob’s recipe.
Growing up in Hyannis, Bob started mowing lawns at the age of 12. When he turned 16, he starting working at the local drug store before and after school. Bob attended school in Hyannis, graduating from HHS in 1952.
He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and enlisted into the Army in 1954, which included a stint in Korea. Using Uncle Sam’s benefit package, he attended both the University of South Dakota and Chadron State College. He graduated in 1961 with a math and chemistry degree. He became active in the Army Reserve until retiring in 1992.
Bob met and married Bonita Bernier in Alliance, Nebraska, in 1961.
He taught school in various towns in Nebraska before moving his wife and four children to Idaho in 1967. A fifth child was born while the family lived in Kellogg. He taught in Kellogg and Elk River, worked in the mines and did odd jobs.
After divorcing in 1973, Bob applied and was hired to start seasonal work at U. S. Customs in Metaline Falls, Washington. Upon transferring to Eastport, Idaho, he worked one more summer for U.S. Customs.
He was then offered the job in the fall of 1975 to start work for Norman G Jensen Customs Brokerage. He was manager until he retired in 1996. He received his brokerage license in 1990. While employed at the brokerage, he met and married Lois Lamson in 1977.
Bob and Lois bought 10 acres in the Addie/Good Grief area, where they raised their two children. Bob raised horses, one mule, chickens and turkeys and sold eggs to the neighbors.
Bob was a kid at heart when it came to Christmas. He built a village with a toy train that went under the Christmas tree with 14 buildings. It was referred to as Weaklyville and many a kid played with the train.
Bob and Lois made and decorated crosses for family and friends graves. Bob was famous in the community for his generosity. His baked goods were always in high demand.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marge, his eldest son, Edward, and his great grandson, Jerry.
He is survived by Lois, his wife of 43 years, daughters Edith and Debbie, sons, Ken (Toni), Dwight, Scott and Steve, 14 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sister Doris (Ken) Hamilton and brothers Joe (Maggie) and Gerald.