We celebrate the life of our departed friend, Jerry Weaver

Those who knew Jerry Weaver best would say that he lived a life filled dedicated to serving and encouraging others. The long-time MEDA supporter was born in Dhamtari, India on October 14th, 1941. He grew up in India where he attended boarding school and became fluent in Hindi.  

He later moved to the U.S. as a teenager and attended Hesston Academy and later Hesston College for two years. It was there that he met his future wife, Catherine Carol Peachey. They were married on August 3rd, 1962. Jerry later completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and later a Master of Divinity degree at Goshen College, graduating in 1982. He eventually settled in Hesston, Kansas with Kathy where they raised their three sons then moved to Colorado. In his spare time, Jerry liked to stay active and enjoyed golfing, playing tennis and racquetball, photography, hiking, listening to choral music, traveling,  and pastoring at church camps.  

Jerry also had a passion for helping others, and it was informed by his faith: he volunteered for Victim Offender Ministries, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). He was also active in the Whitestone Mennonite Church, serving as Minister, the Bethel College Campus pastor, served with the MCC in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, and interim pastor for Hesston Mennonite, Crystal Springs (Harper), and Pleasant Valley (Harper) churches.  

Jerry’s many friends have all underscored this part of his nature. Mike Miller, MEDA’s Senior Director, Resource Development, and an acquaintance of Jerry’s, spoke about Jerry’s passion for helping others and for fulfilling MEDA’s mission. “He believed passionately in MEDA’s way of lifting families out of poverty through business. As a hub leader and volunteer, he promoted the cause in the churches in the area and in the local MEDA hub…. We’re grateful to Jerry and the difference he made for so many of us!” 

Tim Penner, another one of Jerry’s friends, remembers Weaver as being an encourager who had a “unique ability to connect with people and affirm them in their activities.” 

“Jerry was much loved by church people, businesspeople. (He was) a salt of the earth person (who) loved business and loved the ministry,” Penner said, a former MEDA board chair who travelled to Nicaragua with Weaver and others to visit a project there in 2015. 

Fittingly, the Kansas hub’s fall fundraising drive for MEDA is being held in honor of Weaver this year. The event, which will raise money for MEDA’s work in Senegal, will likely surpass its $50,000 goal, Penner predicts. 

Another friend of Jerry’s, Vickie Andres, a professor at Hesston College, worked with Jerry on the MEDA KS Planning board which he chaired for five years. She spoke about his skill at planning events and welcoming all attendees with his kind demeanor.  

“…Jerry was a wonderful event planner. When a guest speaker from MEDA would visit the area, he would carefully coordinate all the details needed for speaking engagements between Bethel, Tabor, and Hesston colleges. He was gifted at creating a warm, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for each person attending the meetings and events,” Andres said.  

On Sunday, October 10th, 2021, Jerry Weaver passed away, surrounded by his loved ones. The funeral will be held at Whitestone Mennonite Church on Sunday, November 7th at 3:30 p.m. In keeping with Jerry’s strong connection to MEDA, for those who would like to donate in his honor, please donate in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, PO Box 32, Hesston, KS 67062. 

We mourn the loss of our friend and once again extend our heartfelt condolences to Jerry’s loved ones during this difficult time.  

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