Elvin Noah Weber, 91, died on November 13, 2018, at Landis Homes, Lititz, Pa. He was born in Ephrata, Pa., to Ruth (Kolb) and Abel Weber, the second of four sons. He lived in the Ephrata area until he left for Eastern Mennonite College (University) in Virginia. Always interested in broadening his horizons, during college in 1951 he set sail on a cattle boat bound for Palestine, delivering 1,200 heifers to the war-ravaged country. After graduating with a theology degree in 1953, he spent two years in 1-W service in Newtown, Conn. Later, as co-owner of Weber Brothers Builders, he was a building contractor and developer for twenty-five years until semi-retirement in 1985.
Elvin was an active member of James Street Mennonite Church, serving on various committees and as treasurer for twenty years. He was a voracious reader and deeply interested in theology and peace-and-justice issues. In addition to woodworking, another of his great passions was horses. He kept them for most of his adult life and spent many happy years raising and training Tennessee Walking Horses as a hobby. He also delighted in walking and working the land and found great satisfaction in cutting wood, making hay, mending fences, tending a large garden, and watching thunderstorms roll in over the meadow.
Elvin was married to Ruth Shue Weber for 61 years until her death in 2014. He is survived by two daughters, Carol Peachey (Frank), and Cheryl Weber (Jay Keener), as well as two granddaughters, Maddy and Ellie Keener. His brother, John Weber (Arlene), also survives, along with sisters-in-law Lydia Weber and Viola Weber. He was predeceased by his parents and step-mother, Ida Benner Weber, step-brother Lloyd, and brothers Lester (Lydia) and Dick (Viola) Weber.
A memorial service will be held at James Street Mennonite Church, 323 West James Street, Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday, November 24, at 10 a.m., with visitation from 9–10 a.m. Memorial contributions in Elvin’s name may be sent to Mennonite Central Committee.