Levi “Lee” W. Weidert, 89, of Pendleton passed away March 12, 2013, at McKay Creek Estates. Graveside services will be held 12 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla.
Mr. Weidert was born Oct. 30, 1923, in Walla Walla to Peter and Esther (Schwandt) Weidert. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1940. He served in the Army during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific during the Northern Solomons and Luzon Campaigns. He received a Distinguished Unit Badge, Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Service Star, and a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He then attended Trade School in Portland, and Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande. He enjoyed racing motorcycles. He raced dirt track motorcycles in the Northwest and even raced at Daytona, Florida once.
He met Loretta Schild in Walla Walla, they were married May 15, 1955 and moved to Pendleton that same year. Levi was a self-employed farmer. He owned and operated a dry land wheat farm in Pendleton for over 50 years. He also owned and operated a dry land wheat and irrigated farm in Touchet. He was a member of the Oregon Wheat League, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Pendleton Grain Growers, Northwest Grain Growers, Walla Walla Elks Lodge, Walla Walla Country Club, the First Presbyterian Church in Pendleton and the Horseless Carriage Club. He enjoyed collecting antique cars and motorcycles. He adored his wife and children and felt his greatest joy came from spending time with his family.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Jennifer Weidert of Pendleton; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jeff Zeman of West Linn; sisters Myra Durkin of Walla Walla, Bonnie Nielsen of Eugene; grandchildren, Cameron and Amy Weidert of Pendleton; Kylie, Chip and Adam Zeman of West Linn. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loretta in 2006; son, Richard in 1968; brother, John in 1999.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Levi to a charity of choice in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.
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