Benton Groves Weimer (Benny), 84, of Leechburg, PA, passed away on Thursday, October 28, 2021. He was the cherished husband of Carol (Shoemaker); father of Bonnie McIntosh (Matt), Laurie Weimer (Kerry), and Christie Benton (Eric); grampa of Malcolm McIntosh and Sean McIntosh; and brother of the late Marilynn (Robert) Reynolds and Stewart (Phyllis) Weimer. Ben made friends wherever he went—there was always room for one more and his door was always open. He was an exceptional individual devoted to his faith, his family, and his community.
A son of the late Irene (Groves) and Eugene Weimer, he was born on April 7, 1937. He was raised in Hyde Park, PA and graduated from Leechburg Area High School (’55). Ben was an active Westminster College alumnus (’59) and earned his Masters’ degree from Duquesne University. Following college, Ben proudly served his country as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant on the inaugural crew of the USS Kitty Hawk CVA/CV-63. He went on to pursue a civilian career in finance, retiring as Controller and Chief Financial Officer of Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority, a position he held for over 30 years.
Ben was a life member of the Middle Township Ambulance Corp and the Court House Fire Department. He was elected to the Middle Township School Board, serving for 20 years. His board service extended to the First United Methodist Church of CMCH, the Cape May County Zoo and Park Commission, and the Cape May County Recreation Commission. He was also a member of the Cape May County Vietnam Veterans Association, coordinating its annual scholarship program. He proudly marched in the annual Leechburg Memorial Day parade. Having loved the game of baseball, Ben not only played in high school, but also managed the Westminster College team and gave back by coaching little league. Ben had given up stock car driving to become a spectator at racing tracks throughout the Eastern United States. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, traveled the world, played a wicked game of Trivial Pursuit, and was always the life of every party.
Contributions in Ben’s memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org).
Friends will be welcomed by his family on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, 170 Main Street, Leechburg (724-842-1051). Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, at the First United Methodist Church, 251 Main Street, Leechburg with Pastor Sara Wrona officiating. Interment following at Greenwood Memorial Park, 104 Melwood Road, Lower Burrell with military rites conducted by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard.