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Stanley E. Weber

January 14, 1922 ~ February 9, 2019 (age 97)

Stanley Edward Weber, a lawyer and newspaperman, was the only surviving child of Adam and Ida (Hammer) Weber. Except for his military service and time away at college, he was a lifelong resident of Portland.

 

He attended Fernwood Elementary School and Benson High School, where he was sports editor of the school’s daily newspaper. At the University of Oregon he majored in journalism. For a time he was also a student at the University of Southern California. During World War II he served as a US Marine Corps lieutenant, and in the aftermath of the conflict was stationed in northern China. He also served as a Marine Corps officer during the Korean War, first as a lieutenant and then as a captain.

 

He worked as a reporter and then as a columnist (1946-1959) for the Oregon Journal, Portland’s daily evening newspaper. HisJournal coverage of the devastating 1948 Vanport flood in north Portland was distributed nationally. He became a specialist in labor affairs reporting, and eventually wrote a thrice-weekly column on labor issues.

 

He was executive director of the Oregon state Kennedy presidential election campaign, 1959-1960. He then served as regional director of information for the Department of the Interior, 1961-1968. 

 

After study of law in the evenings and passing the bar exam, he worked as a lawyer. From 1968 until his retirement in 1983 he served as a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney, handling domestic relations cases. During his retirement, he was for ten years a volunteer reader of books for the blind. 

 

Throughout his adult life he maintained a keen interest in current events, detective novels, history and sports, especially collegiate football. He was an avid Oregon Ducks fan.

 

Stan Weber was known as a cheerful, conscientious, level-headed, and hard-working man, and a good father.

 

He was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, the University of Oregon Alumni Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Historical Society, and, for more than 50 years, the Multnomah Athletic Club, which honored him with several awards for distance running.

 

He and his wife, Yvonne, had four children, all born in Portland. He is survived by three children – Mark Weber, Terese Weber and Katherine Purtzer – and three grand-children: Andrew Weber, Laura Weber and Zach Purtzer.

 

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