A Life Well Lived

March 19, 2018 Athletics, Ben Lippen News

Robert Weeber
August 17, 1926 – February 8, 2017

Submitted by Robby Richardson, Class of 1975, Pastor of Bridge Bible Church in Muskegon, MI.
Additional life highlight: playing baseball for Coach for two undefeated seasons.

On February 11th, I had the opportunity to fulfill both one of the greatest privileges and biggest
responsibilities of my ministry career, conducting the funeral service for Bob “Coach” Weeber. What a joyous celebration of a life well lived!

All five of Bob and Dot’s children (Judy, John, Joy, Jeannie and Janice) shared memories of their Dad, most centering on growing up on the “Mountain of Trust” in Asheville, NC. There was a lot of laughter and a number of tears. And there was singing – lots of singing. Coach Weeber had chosen the hymns he wanted for his funeral, and in typical Weeber fashion, we sang every verse of every song.

The Ben Lippen family was well represented. Counting the Weebers, there were close to 20 BL
alumni there for the funeral. There were a number of “mini-reunions” of classmates and
schoolmates who had not seen each other for a number of years. And yes, all of the alumni formed and impromptu choir and sang the Ben Lippen Alma Mater at the reception following the funeral.

Thank you to so many alumni, friends and school staff that used Facebook or email to drop notes of encouragement to Coach during his final days and to the family as they faced this earthly goodbye. The family expressed over and over again how much that had meant to coach and what an encouragement it was for them.

Bob Weeber was a devoted husband and a loving father. Coach truly loved Ben Lippen, and I don’t think he ever met a BL student that he didn’t “adopt” into an extended family that was dear to his heart. But more importantly, Coach loved and faithfully followed his Savior. And his greatest legacy, whether we knew him as father, teacher, coach or friend, is his great example of striving with all his might “To Know Him and To Make Him Known.” May we who knew and loved him, follow in those faithful footsteps.

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