WEIGLE, Edwin Clair "Bud," 80, of Middlebourne departed this life Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Acuity Hospital, Steubenville, Ohio.
He was born in Alma, July 22, 1931 a son of the late Edna Lemasters Ball.
Bud worked for Columbia Gas from 1955 to 1990. He proudly served Tyler County as commissioner for over 20 years. His greatest hobby was farming with his grandson Brian and close friend Bill Roberts. He served on the Board of Directors for the Tyler County Senior Center, OEM, Solid Waste Authority, Planning Commission, Tyler County Development Authority, 911, Ohio River Sweep, Angus Association, Farm Bureau, Tyler County Fair Board and Valley Grange #519. He took a leadership role in the annual Tyler County Fair and Harvest Festival. He helped build the racetrack at the Tyler County Speedway and kept it running successfully for many years. He received numerous awards including but not limited to the following: 1982 President's Award for Outstanding Service for the Tyler County Speedway, 1987 Good Year Conservation Award of Merit for the Upper Ohio Valley Soil Conservation District, 1988-89 Honorary Chapter Farmer Award, the Certificate of Recognition for the support of WV FFA Foundation, 1990 Hall of Fame award by WLTP Racing World, 1990, 91 & 92 Appreciation Award for volunteer efforts as County Coordinator for the Ohio River Sweep, 1992 Good Neighbor Award from the Tyler County Fair, 2000 Tyler County Speedway Hall of Fame Award, 2002 4-H Citizen of the Year Award, 2002 Middlebourne RoadRunners Club Citizen of Year, 2003 Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award, 2005 Tyler County FFA Certificate of Appreciation Award, 2006 Boy Scout Council Distinguished Citizen of Wetzel and Tyler Counties and 2011 Valley Grange #519 Community Citizen Award.
In addition to his mother, Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Betty L. Wade Weigle in 2008; a son, Steven Clair Weigle; and a grandson, James R. Seago.
Bud is survived by his daughter Kathy Weigle and husband Richard Seago; daughter-in-law Ginger and husband Mike Griffin; grandsons Steve (Melinda) Weigle, Brian Weigle, Daniel Seago and Michael (Shawna) Griffin; granddaughters Kristy Seago (Edward) King, Michelle Weigle (Bobby) Forester; great-grandsons James Seago, Brandon Weigle, Hunter and Jaden Forester, Devon Derby and Ethan King; and great granddaughters Haley Weigle, Marlaina Weigle, Ariel Fish, Kaylan King and Gabrielle King. Sister Betty Lou (Roger) Yost.
Family and friends will be received at the Indian Creek Southern Baptist Church, Blue, Friday 2-8 p.m. where services will be held Saturday 11 a.m. with Pastor Bobby Thomas officiating. Interment in Beechwood Cemetery, Alma.
Bud was dedicated to success through hard work and the development of special skills and knowledge "to get things done the right way." He advocated and supported technical skills training for young people who were going out into the workforce in Tyler County and West Virginia.
In honor of his memory, Edwin C. (Bud) Weigle Memorial Trade School Scholarship Fund is being established so that Bud's name and spirit will live on. Its purpose is to help finance technical skills training for high school graduates who desire to pursue a career in technical field of work.
In lieu of or in addition to flowers to honor Bud, who was loved by so many in Tyler County and the surrounding area, contributions can be made to the Edwin C. (Bud) Weigle Memorial Trade School Scholarship Fund at Union Bank, P.O. Box 145, Middlebourne, WV 26149.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.furbeefuneralhome.com.