Richard John Weidner, age 73. resident of 21322 Grange Center Road, Saegertown, PA died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA shortly after being admitted. Born on July 27, 1937 in Cussewago Township, Crawford County where he lived all of his life, he was a son of the late Nicholas J. Weidner and Margaret Hecker Weidner. On June 22, 1957 he married the former Betty Lee Schnars and she remains to mourn his loss.

Weidner, Richard JohnFollowing graduation from Cambridge Springs High School, Class of 1955, Richard began work in road construction. He was employed by I A Construction Company of Franklin for 42 years, retiring in 1999, as a heavy equipment operator and also for a time was a foreman. He belonged to the Operating Engineers Local # 66 out of Monroeville. In addition, Richard belonged to the Venango VFW Post # 169 and the American Legion Post #381 of Cambridge Springs. He also held memberships with the Meadville Eagles and St. Phillips Catholic Church in Crossingville. Richard’s great pleasure was his farm were he enjoyed the land and being in the out-of-doors. He enjoyed hunting. One of his favorite ways to kid his grandchildren was to tell them that he was going to take them out to the woodshed.

His dear loved ones surviving include his wife, Betty of 53 years; two sons – Richard Weidner and his wife, Angela of Hillsborough, NJ; Ronald Weidner and his wife, Pamela of ; a daughter – Christine Shaw of Saegertown; eight grandchildren – Christopher Weidner, Andrew Weidner; Jennifer Weidner; Jonathan Weidner; Joseph Walker and his fianc???e, Chelsey; Jessica Ashbaugh and her husband, Scott; Rachael Shaw; and Sarah Shaw. Also surviving is a favorite aunt – Gertrude Locke of Conneautville; and two brothers – David Weidner and his wife, Patt of Chambersburg, PA and Daniel Weidner of Saegertown.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 and are invited to attend funeral services there on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Reverend Thad Kondzielski, pastor of St. Phillips Catholic Church will officiate. Interment will be in St. James Cemetery followed by a funeral dinner to be served at the Venango VFW.