Robert David (R.D.) Weber passed peacefully on November 15, 2022 at the age of 94 years. He was born on August 4, 1928, the youngest of 10 children to parents Joseph and Hattie (Hedwig Stoeger) Weber. They raised the large family on a dairy farm in Institute, WI where he loved to tell stories of his youth growing up in Door County. His family donated the land to St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Parish, where the church and school stand in Institute, WI. He attended St. Peter and Paul’s Church and grade school and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. He was a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. He reinforced the importance of an education to his children and grandchildren.
Robert married Kathy (Margaret Kathryn Folgert) on May 23, 1951 in Phillips, Wisconsin. He taught school in Phillips and Brussels, Wisconsin before starting a career in the insurance business.
In 1964, R.D. started the Weber Insurance Agency in Algoma and later expanded in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. His sons, Robert (R.J.) and Dan joined in him the insurance business; RJ as his business partner. In 1991, R.D. became a founding member and first director of the Insurance Marketing Group of Wisconsin (IMAGE) that is still going strong today. After 60+ years in the insurance business, RD gradually turned the business over to his son R.J., saying he was semi-retired.
During his lifetime, he was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Algoma, the Knights of Columbus and the Lion’s Club. He loved history and was active in the Kewaunee County Historical Society. He purchased and restored the old Bank of Algoma building that was headed for demolition and continues to be used today as the office space for the Weber Insurance Agency.
His hobbies included genealogy and he was especially proud to share his family’s history. One story he shared was that his grandfather J.P. Simon named the town of Sevastopol, WI in 1859. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling. He was especially fond of his trips to Germany to learn more about his ancestry. He kept in touch with some of his relatives in Germany via letters and emails.
R.D. is preceded in death by his parents, wife Kathy, son Daniel, and 8 siblings (Helen, Arthur, Lenard, William, Arnold, Milly, Dorothy, Clyde). He is survived by his son R.J. Weber (Theresa); daughter Jean Weber Read (Tom); daughter-in-law Cindy Weber, sister Irene Weber Urban, sister-in-law Wanda Folgert Lynch and 6 grandchildren (Jennifer, Nathaniel, Alexandra, Christopher, Matthew, and Angela). He is also survived by soon-to-be 8 great grandchildren.
R.D. lived a long, fulfilled life and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Sycamore Lodge in Algoma, where R.D. spent his later years. In addition, a thank you to care he received with Unity Hospice of Northeastern Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sycamore Lodge Assisted Living in Algoma, WI or Unity Hospice of Northeastern Wisconsin. Private burial services will be held at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Arrangements were entrusted with the Schinderle Funeral Home of Algoma, WI.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends at a later date.