Obituary of Jeffrey M. Weekley
Jeffrey M. Weekley
WELLSVILLE - "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race..." - Jeffrey M. Weekley, 72, devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, educator and friend, lost his battle with cancer on Monday, November 11, 2019. He passed away peacefully at his home in Wellsville, surrounded by his loving family.
Jeff was born at East Liverpool City Hospital on July 13, 1947, the son of Ruth (Hunter) Weekley and the late Jack O. "Skeeter" Weekley. He was a graduate of Wellsville School, class of 1965. Following graduation, Jeff enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. From 1967 to 1969 he was stationed on board the Coast Guard Cutter Westwind, an icebreaker docked in Baltimore, MD. The ship was assigned to Operation Deepfreeze, a 219-day mission to break a path in the ice, allowing delivery of supplies to McMurdo Station, Antarctica. This experience sparked a love of travel that would remain with Jeff for the rest of his life.
Honorably discharged in June of 1969, Jeff began his pursuit of a college education. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education (1973) and a Master of Science Degree in Education (1978) from Youngstown State University. He continued his studies at YSU to obtain a Certificate in Elementary Administration. He later acquired a Superintendent's Certificate from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.
Jeff began his teaching career in the Southern Local School System in the fall of 1971. He taught Intermediate Special Education for eighteen years, then moved into Sixth Grade Math and Science. During his years as a teacher, he also assumed many extracurricular responsibilities, coaching football, baseball, girls' basketball, and track. He was also Middle School Athletic Director. In 1991, Jeff became the Elementary Principal; he then served as Superintendent of Schools from 1997 until his retirement in 2002. It was during his tenure as Superintendent that the Southern Local Campus you see today was conceived, designed and ground was broken for construction. For his thirty-one years of dedication, loyalty, and numerous contributions, Jeff was inducted into the Southern Local Hall of Fame in 2009.
A charter member of the Wellsville Lions Club, Jeff served as president from 2003 to 2005, and again in 2011. He was named Lion of the Year in 2007. He was very active in the Wellsville Historical Society, assuming the office of treasurer in 2014. Jeff was a 32 degree member of the Scottish Rite Masons, Valley of Steubenville and the Wellsville Masonic Lodge #180, holding the office of Secretary for twelve years. A dedicated member of the Salineville Kiwanis, he was vice president from 2003 to 2006, then president from 2008 to 2009. He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1040 and the Columbiana County MR/DD Non-Profit Board. He served as the Southern Columbiana County United Way Campaign Chairman in 2007 and Schools Campaign Chairman in 2008. In honor of his service and dedication to the community, Jeff was a nominee for the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award in 2015. Jeff was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, until its closing; he then became a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Chester, WV.
Jeff married his high school sweetheart, the former Linda Lee Rolley, on August 2, 1969. The couple were blessed to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer.
Jeff had a passion for so much in life. First and foremost was his love of family, followed by his love of history, travel, reading and a variety of sports. He and Linda planned summer vacations to enjoyable locations for their children, as Jeff found stops at all historical sites along the way. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes, often attending home games for both teams and college bowl games. He was present at the Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003, when Ohio State won the National Championship. Jeff's retirement years afforded him the time to enjoy playing more tennis and golf, then adding the new sport of fly-fishing and bass fishing. The years spent with his golf and fishing buddies added such pleasure to his retirement. He and his wife traveled domestically and internationally as often as possible, highlighted by a Grand Slam Tennis Tour ending at the Australian Open in 2016. Still, there was no retirement activity that could surpass his joy as he watched his six grandchildren play for the Wellsville Tigers in their chosen sports.
In addition to his father, Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ottis and Viola Weekley and Lloyd and Isabel Hunter; a cousin, Todd Weekley; his father- and mother-in-law, Raymond S. and Helen Rolley; his brother-in-law, Raymond J. Rolley; a sister-in-law, Carol Fetty Rolley; and best friend since junior high school, Dr. Patrick Welch.
In addition to his mother and wife, Jeff is survived by his two children: Shelly Weekley and Jeffrey R. Weekley and his wife, Sherri, all of Wellsville. Also surviving with wonderful memories of the "Best Poppy Ever" are his grandchildren: Ashton, Hunter, Caden, and Elaina Weekley and McKenna and Kaylee Rawson; a sister-in-law, Shirley Rolley of Columbiana; a niece, Beth Kuhar and her husband, Greg, of Highlandtown; and a nephew, Raymond J. Rolley and his wife, Judie, of Cincinnati, OH. Two special cousins also survive: Toby Weekley Welch and Tina Weekley Oney.
The Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Sacred Heart Church, 418 4th Street, Chester, WV with Rev. Jeeson Stephan officiating.
Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday at the Roberts Funeral Home, 631 Main Street in Wellsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jeff's name to: The Wellsville Lions Club, 20396 East Terrace Drive, Wellsville, OH 43968 or The Wellsville Historical Society, PO Box 13, Wellsville, OH 43968.
Jeff's family would like to extend their heartfelt love and appreciation to extended family members and friends for their prayers and loving support during this past year. Thank you also to Hospice of the Valley for their care and assistance during this difficult time.
You may view this obituary and send condolences online at www.robertsfuneralhomewellsville.com.
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