Everett A. Weakley peacefully passed away on Aug. 23, 2021 at his home in Richland, WA. Ev was born on June 5, 1928, to Edgar and Florence (Shortledge) Weakley. He grew up in Peck and Orofino, Idaho. After his mother passed away when Ev was young, Edgar married Olive Hardin, who raised him as his loving mother. Ev’s childhood was filled with hunting and fishing in his beloved Idaho mountains. An only child, he was close to extended family, including aunt Ruth (Shortledge) Maynard, and his cousins, Douglas Hunter and Alene (Hunter) Maria. Attending school together with his cousins in Orofino where they were taught by Ev’s father and step-mother.
Ev graduated from Orofino High School (Home of the Maniacs!) in 1946 followed by the University of Idaho in 1950 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. During his college days, he worked as a firespotter for the US Forestry Service at Goat Mountain, ID, where he spent summers at a lookout, deep in the Rockies. After graduation, he worked as a chemical engineer, primarily in reactor fuel element production for more than 44 years at Hanford. Employers throughout the years included General Electric, UNC and Westinghouse. He retired in 1994.
Ev met the love of his life, Eileen Kritzer in 1951 when both were living in the dormitories for Hanford workers. They were married at Christ the King Church in Richland in 1953, where they remain parishioners to this day. He was the proud father of seven children, 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (with one on the way!).
Everett will be missed by his dearly beloved wife, Eileen, their children, and his cousin Alene Maria.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at Christ the King Church in Richland, WA.