John Weeks, 1926-2019

John Robert Weeks, 92, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at Millers Merry Manor in Walkerton, IN.

He was born April 24, 1926, in Albion, IN, the son of Ernest Weeks and Olga (Black) Weeks.

John was a member of the VFW of LaPorte, DAV, and First United Methodist Church. He was awarded the Purple Heart from his services in Korea. Through the years, he was involved throughout the community. He coached LaPorte Little L. Baseball for 50 years, was president of the LaPorte YABA Bowling Association for 18 years, taught Sunday school at United Methodist Church for 24 years, and was a member of the Allis-Chalmers Management Club. John retired from Allis-Chalmers, as a manufacturing engineer, in 1983 after 27 and half years of service. In 1982 he was inducted to the LaPorte Bowling Association Hall of Fame, and in 1985 he was voted the Indiana State YABA Coach of the Year. In John’s honor, each year in the annual Walt Thode Baseball Tournament, there is a John R. Weeks Most Valuable Player Award given.

On Nov. 29, 1952, in Burr Oak, IN, he married Carole Jean (Reese) Weeks, who preceded him in death Oct. 15, 2018.

He is survived by his two daughters, Carla Jo (Rob) Kanney of LaPorte and Julie K. Sneed of LaPorte; two sons, Dale S. Weeks of LaPorte and Robert D. Weeks of Warsaw, IN; twin brother, William Weeks of Albion, IN; sister, Ruth Conkling of Warsaw, IN; two brothers, Don Weeks of Indianapolis, IN, and Dick Weeks of Wolcott, IA; 11 grandchildren, Jeff (Holly) Casto, Zachary (Erica) Kanney, Kelly Weeks, Maggie (Doug) Fritzen, Louie (Amanda) Weeks, Andrew (Emily) Weeks, Becca Sneed, Brandon Weeks, Nolan (Hannah) Weeks, Samantha Weeks, and Edward Weeks; 14 great-grandchildren, Austin Casto, Abigail Casto, Tommy Peeples, Michael Peeples, John Peeples, Norah Kanney-Richardson, Levi Kanney, Asher Kanney, Beau Kanney, Shon Weeks, Dylan Fritzen, Ellie Smith, Emerick McGinnis, and Meadow Weeks.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters, Emma Jean Kostielny and Mary Leffel; half sister, Dorothy Rickel; and two half brothers, Kenneth Weeks and George Weeks.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Monday, Jan. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. A life celebration will be held at the funeral home Monday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. with Danny Evans officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LaPorte Park and Recreation Department for the Youth Baseball Program, 250 Pine Lake Ave, LaPorte, IN 46350.

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8 Responses to “John Weeks, 1926-2019”

  1. ALICE Johnson

    Jan 18. 2019

    John and Carole were wonderful neighbors! Always helping others
    Always selfless and always ready to receive anyone into their home.
    Our sympathy goes out to Dan, Carla Julie and Dale!
    The Mel JOHNSON family

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  2. darren wojcieszak

    Jan 19. 2019

    Dale, sorry to hear of your dads passing.

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  3. Hugh Tonagel

    Jan 19. 2019

    John was one of the most dedicated persons I have met in terms of devoting his life to helping youth. His patience and positive attitude plus his calm demeanor helped hundreds of LaPorte youth enjoy the sports of baseball and bowling. He was a model for us all!
    My condolences to the family members on your loss. Our prayers go out to you.

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  4. Charlie Maslankowski

    Jan 20. 2019

    Sid and the Weeks family,

    John was one of those rare people who beamed with kindness and positivity! I can only imagine how proud all of you are for what this man accomplished and represented. I remember him every Saturday morning coaching many of us kids who dreamed of rolling a “300” some day. All of us who remember him were lucky to have known him and just imagine what would T-Bird have been without him!

    RIP Mr. Bowling.

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  5. scott ford

    Jan 21. 2019

    Dale and family:
    Your dad was one of the men who gave their time and energy to LaPorte Baseball. Nothing says more about an individual that gives his time to young people freely and with passion. Your dad was passionate about baseball and we’re a better community because of him.
    My prayers are with your family,

    Scotty Ford

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  6. Ron Rosenow

    Jan 21. 2019

    John Weeks was one of the great encouragers in life. He was one of my favorite Sunday School teachers at the First United Methodist Church and later taught me to bowl a Thunderbird Lanes.

    The good Lord called one of the best home.

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  7. Kasey Masepohl

    Jan 22. 2019

    Coach Weeks,
    Thank you for being such a great mentor to me in both baseball and Saturday morning yaba at tbird. My memories of you are endless. The most gentle and caring person one could ask for. Heaven gained another angel.

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  8. Jeff Hunter

    Feb 03. 2019

    Dale, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was an amazing man who did so much for so many people in La Porte, I am so glad that a few years ago I was able to personally express my appreciation to him in your presence. May his sacrifices on behalf of youth sports in La Porte never be forgotten.

    Jeff Hunter

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