Sam Weimer Passes Away at 81

Sam Weimer

Samuel J. “Sam” Weimer died on Sept. 30, 2020 at his home in Hermiston at the age of 81.

He was born on Dec. 17, 1938 in Pomeroy, Wash. to James L. Weimer and Ardis Irene Ruark Weimer.

He was raised in Pomeroy and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1956. Sam was united in marriage to Sally Ann Wade on June 28, 1958 and welcomed Shelly and Sheila. The family lived in Pomeroy until a job transfer with his company, Dye Seed Ranch, provided a move to Hermiston in 1966. When the company returned to Pomeroy, the family stayed in Hermiston. Sam accepted a position with Pendleton Grain Growers in 1968 in the irrigation sales and design department and continued in that field for 36 years until his retirement in 2004. He continued working in the irrigation field by accepting a position with Valmont NW Industries for six years until his second retirement in 2010.

Sam learned to fly while working for PGG and would mix business and pleasure when the opportunity arose. If he needed company during his flying, he would always ask me to go along. If he had to go check on a farmer’s field or a potential irrigation project, he would ask me to ride along with him. I really appreciated these trips in the air and on the land as I got to learn more about him and his love of irrigation.

Sam’s faith was an integral part of who he was. He attended St. John’s Episcopal Church and served on the vestry as a board member, junior and senior warden. He participated in the Sunday eucharist as a lay reader and a part-time member of the altar guild. He loved singing and joined a local community gospel choir. The choir would sing once a month and would try to sing at various churches whose service times permitted. He also worked as a team member at Ascension Camp during their retreats for a number of years.

Tennis was a favorite sport of his until an injury sidelined him. Then there was his jogging. You could tell who it was running behind you just by his foot placement on the pavement. Bloomsday became a family affair for 10 years. Boating was a lifelong passion of Sam’s from his youth up until his late 70s. RVing and boating at Lake Roosevelt became a family gathering. When we weren’t fishing, we would RV to Wallowa Lake, Lincoln City or Fort Stevenson, Wash.

Sam was a 33-year member of the Hermiston Kiwanis Club and lifelong member of Fraternal Order of Elks.

Sam married Leslie Anne Batease on Oct. 4, 1980 and brought to this marriage her sons, Robert and Michael.

Sam is survived by his wife of 40 years, Leslie and stepsons, Robert and Michael; his first wife, Sally, and their children, Shelly (Temby Zander) and Sheila (Frank Ashbeck) of Pendleton; his grandchildren, Shelby (Brian) McQuinn, Jennifer (Conan) Fisher, TJ (Erin) Zander of Pendleton, Tonya (Nate) McFarlane of Echo, Jake Batease, Caleb Batease and Rebecca Batease of John Day, and Knox Batease of Boise, Idaho; his sister, Sharon (Wayne) Davis of Pomeroy, Wash.; nine great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

As the kids would say, Dad loved life and was a caring husband, father and grandfather. He supported and gave of himself to numerous individuals and their causes.

A celebration service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 at 1 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 1350 S. Highway 395, Hermiston.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 665 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston, Ore., 97838 or Ascension School Camp and Conference Center, P.O. Box 278, Cove, Ore., 97824.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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