Jim “Red” Wefer
1926 - 2011
Jim “Red” Wefer, 85, of Payson, passed away May 3, 2011. He was born April 24, 1926 in Sayre, Okla. to Walter and Leavita Love Wefer.
He joined the U.S. Navy as a Seabee in 1944 after declining an agricultural deferment. He was part of the largest armada in history, which liberated the Philippines.
He moved to Arizona after World War II and worked 35 years as a telephone service repair man for Mountain Bell, installing many of the dial houses around our state as we progressed from operator to automatic telephone service.
He is survived by his son, Mark (Gail) Wefer; grandsons, Jon Wefer and Joe Wefer of Phoenix; three great-grandsons; nieces, De Steret of Chandler and Deborah Peterson of Clify, Ky.; nephew, Earl Wayne Sterrett of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; stepchildren, Nancy (Elton) Beldock, Mark (Mary Jo) Jordan and Emily Jordan (John Krause) all of Phoenix; six step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife, Elizabeth Wefer.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25 at Thompson’s Valley West Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear. The service will be followed by military honors and a balloon release at sunset.
Donations may be made to the Whispering Pines Fire District, (928) 474-3088.
Condolences may be made at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.