JEROME BERNARD WEBER, PH.D.
September 19, 1933 – April 13, 2022
Dr. Jerome B. Weber, 88, passed away on April 13, 2022. He was born in 1933 in the small town of Claremont, Minnesota, to Bernard H. and Mary E. Weber. Jerry was the oldest of five children, and his siblings included Ronald (Ron), Kenneth (Kenny), Mary Jane, and Bernard (Bernie). He spent his childhood in Janesville, Minnesota, and later they moved to a farm in rural Kilkenny. He graduated from McKinley High School in 1951. He attended Mankato State University studying pre-engineering before enlisting in the Army, where he attended military intelligence school and served in G-2 army intelligence in Korea. Following his active service in the Army in 1955, he served in the Army Reserve for eight years while continuing his education at the University of Minnesota, where he went on to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering, Master of Science degree in Soil Science/Biostatistics, and in 1963 received a Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry. Jerry married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Mary Jo Traxler, and together they raised their four children in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Weber began his career in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at North Carolina State University, where he was involved in academic research and teaching in weed science and soil chemistry. Over his 42-year professional career, he mentored graduate students, consulted throughout the United States and abroad, published scientific articles and research papers, and received numerous awards. Jerry was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, country music, and camping with his family. He was constantly using his inventiveness and skills to build and fix things while his children were growing up. Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Weber, his four children and their spouses, Mark (Sharon), Joel (Susanne), Nancy (Harry), and Paul, and his five grandchildren, Emily, Brian, Sarah, Maria, and Laura. He is also survived by his brothers, Ron and Bernie.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main Street, Wake Forest, North Carolina.
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