Phil Weaver, Dedicated Dearborn County Servant, Dies Suddenly
By Mike Perleberg
Dearborn Country Treasurer Phil Weaver, seen here carrying the Indiana Bicentennial Torch, died on Monday, October 24. Photo provided.
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Phil Weaver, a dedicated public and community servant in Dearborn County, has died.
Weaver died Monday after suddenly falling ill, his wife Beverly said. He was 66.
In addition to Beverly, to whom Phil was married for 45 years, he is survived by two grown children, Adam and Amanda.
A lifelong Aurora resident, Weaver held elected office in Dearborn County for 36 consecutive years. He never lost an election after first being elected as county treasurer in 1980. Weaver also served multiple stints as the county’s elected clerk of courts.
“He was dedicated to his family,” Beverly said. “He was well-liked by all who knew him. He was a tribute to our community with his service.”
As revered as he was for his public service, Weaver’s passion was his volunteer work with the Dearborn County 4-H Association and the Dearborn County 4-H Fair Board. He had been involved in 4-H ever since he was a youngster.
Dearborn County Commissioner Kevin Lynch called Weaver a tremendous man who would probably first want to be remembered for his 4-H involvement.
“4-H was one of his favorites. All his effort and work he loved doing things for the kids and seeing them grow and evolve,” Lynch said. “He loved his community.”
Adding to Weaver’s impressive resume of service was the physical condition with which he lived a majority of his life. At the age of 25, he was involved in an automobile accident that rendered him a quadriplegic.
But he continued to lead a full and inspiring life.
“He could have sat back and felt sorry and make life difficult for his family and friends. Instead he made it easy for all of us. His paralysis didn’t hold him back,” Beverly Weaver said.
One of Weaver’s last great accomplishments was being the final Dearborn County resident to carry the Indiana Bicentennial Torch down Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg last month.
“He was very proud to have been nominated to do that,” shared Beverly.
Funeral arrangements for Phil Weaver are pending.
Weaver held the office of Dearborn County Treasurer at the time of his death. His name will appear on the November 8 ballot as an unopposed Republican candidate for re-election. Dearborn County Republican Party Chair Lynn Deddens said Tuesday that the party will likely caucus after the election to choose a new county treasurer.