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September 11, 2008 3:20 am

Corky Weber

Written by Tribune Staff

(June 3, 1956 - Sept. 4, 2008)

Mass of Christian burial for Corky Weber, 52, of Lander will be celebrated today (Thursday, Sept. 11) at 10 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander with Father Dave Erickson as celebrant.

Burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander. Corky died Thursday, Sept. 4 as the result of a ranching accident.

Robert “Corky” Arden Weber was born in Riverton June 3, 1956, to John Henry and Gladys (Westbrook) Weber. He was raised on the Weber family ranch nestled in Lyons Valley in the foothills of the Wind River Range. Like his brothers and sisters, western life was a part of Corky, and the mountains were his sanctuary. Corky worked in the uranium mines in Jeffrey City as a welder after graduation from trade school in Casper.

Later, he took over the family ranch. On Oct. 12, 1981 he married Pearl Berndt.

Just like his father, ranch life was a passion for Corky, as he lived the life of a rancher for 52 years. He always had a warm smile and a good conversation for anyone who came along.

Corky made and cherished many friends throughout his life, all of whom were special to him, and he would often talk fondly of “old times.” He was a dedicated family man. His wife and children, and later his grandkids, were a very special and important part of his life.

Corky was “John Wayne,” the man on a paint horse, answerer of all questions and a hero to many.

Survivors include his wife Pearl of Lander; his six children, Katie Bingley and her husband Steven of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Jake Weber of Lander, Scot Weber and fiancé Jaci Rico of Riverton, Mike Weber of Lander, Beth Watts and her husband Josh of Lander and David Weber of Lander; his mother ,Gladys Mildred Weber of Lander; three brothers, Dale Weber of Lander, Ron Weber of Lander, and Jack Weber of Jackson; three sisters, Evelyn Asay of Ralston, Peggy McCall of Cody and Roseva Van Patten of Jackson; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Henry Weber.