Brig. Gen. William Frank Weiler (U.S.Army, Ret.), 94, died Oct.18, 1990 in Bountiful, UT.
Born Feb.18, 1896 in Evanston, WY. to Elijah Malin and Agnes Bolto Weiler. Married Octavo May Holmgren Aug.27, 1924 in the S.L. LDS Temple. She died May 27, 1970. Married Lucille Christensen Parkin in SLC on September 30, 1971. Gen. Weiler spent 35 years associated with the military beginning as a Private in World War I and concluding as a Brig. Gen. in 1956. His military career was interrupted for 3 years when he served an LDS mission to the Eastern States (1920-23). Following his mission he served continuously as a civilian soldier in the Utah Natl. Guard as an artillery officer and later as an engineer officer. He was called to active duty Mar. 1941 and served with distinction during World War II until its conclusion in 1945. He commanded combat engineer regiments in both the Pacific and European Theaters of operation and received several medals and unit citations. Following WW II he was instrumental in reestablishing the National Guard in Utah and served as the Commanding General over all artillery units in the state until his retirement in 1956.His civilian career included employment in the County Clerk's office and as an officer and director for Zions Saving & Loan Assoc. from which he retired in 1968. Served in many positions in the LDS Church including Bishop's counselor and Temple ordinance worker for 15 years. Resided in the Highland Park Ward for 43 years and was a High Priest in the Bntfl 21st Ward at the time of his death. Member of the Bntfl Chapter, SUP.
He was a highly respected speaker and teacher on patriotic and religious themes. Devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His unselfish desire to serve others was recognized by all who knew him. Associated with U of U football for 50 years and enjoyed fishing, horseshoes, and gardening.
Survived by his wife, Lucille, Bntfl; three sons, William F. (Bill) Jr., Tremonton; Queed H., SLC; and Peter M., Palo Alto, CA; one daughter, Connie Reese (Mrs. Lynn R.), Golden, CO; 23 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Hal C. Parkin, Bntfl; and Don M. Parkin, Albuquerque, N.M.; three stepdaughters, Kay Smedley (Mrs. Frank L.) Bntfl; Mary Allen, Bntfl; and LouAnn Leininger (Mrs. Alfred J.), Euless, TX; 15 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services Tuesday, Oct.23rd, at 12 noon, Bountiful 21st Ward Chapel, 650 South 200 East. Friends may call at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, SLC, on Monday evening 6:30-8:00 pm, and at the Ward Tues. one hour prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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