Kenneth Weist

Kenneth Weist

Monday, December 5th, 1938 Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

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Obituary for Kenneth K. Weist

Kenneth K. Weist, 81, of Centre Township, finished his journey on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 23,
2020. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his devoted family.
He was the loving husband of Sherry L. (Phillips), with whom he shared over 33 years of marriage; and
a loving father of three daughters, Missy L. (Weist) wife of Brad Kopicz of Mohrsville; Christie L. (Weist)
wife of Ryan Thomas of Blandon; and Cara L. Weist of State College. He was the proud grandfather to
Leah Kopicz and Nathan Thomas; he took great pride in his family.
In addition to his daughters, Kenny had three other children: Kim (Weist) Hummel, wife of Doug
Hummel, Kutztown; Kenneth Weist Jr, husband of Renee (Schappell), Texas; and Kasey Weist, husband
of Ginger (Winningham), Texas; four grandchildren, Stephanie, Bridget, Nicole, and Samantha; and three
great-grandchildren, Ian, Alec, and Mia. He is survived by two sisters, Betty Naftzinger, and Anna Davis.
Kenny was predeceased by two brothers, LeRoy and John Weist; and four sisters, Mildred Wagner, Mae
Christ, Ada Spatz, and Mary Snyder.
Born at home on the farm, he was the youngest of nine children of the late LeRoy J. and Mary B.
(Graeff) Weist. He was a member of Salem (Belleman’s) Church, Centre Twp.
He attended Ontelaunee High School before leaving to enlist in the Marine Corps where he served as a
Marine Corps Drill Instructor and Gunnery Sergeant.
After serving his country, Kenny enjoyed his days as a fishing boat captain. From there, he made a
career as a skilled carpenter, building many specially requested crafts, and many homes around the
county, including the home where he and Sherry raised their daughters. He also owned and ran the
Centerport Tavern, and always remembered fondly the friends and fun times. Kenny proudly retired as
Carpenter Shop Supervisor in 2005 from the Reading Eagle Company.
Kenny was a dedicated husband and father, first and foremost. He treasured his daughters and
embraced every moment with them. He especially loved his role as Poppy. Kenny was at his happiest
being active outdoors and spending time with his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, making
many fishing trips to the Poconos and Canada, including catching a record-setting Walleye. He most
enjoyed mowing grass, spending time at his cabin with his family, working in his wood shop, and playing
with his granddaughter Leah.
He had an intrepid personality and always engaged those around him, making friends everywhere he
went. Kenny will be fondly remembered by his family, sisters, nieces, nephews, extended family, and
countless good friends.
A memorial service for Kenny will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 am from Leibensperger
Funeral Homes, Inc., 223 Peach Street, Leesport. A visitation with the family will be held in the funeral
home Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:30 to 11:00 am. As we are in the green phase, we continue to practice
social distancing and the practices recommended by the CDC for the safety of the family and those
attending the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Moment Of Peace Adventures, P.O. Box 775,
Oley, PA 19547, For online condolences, please visit,

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc.*
    223 Peach Street
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    Saturday, July 11th, 2020
    9:30am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc.*
    223 Peach Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020

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Sheila Hartman

Sherry, I am so sorry to hear about Kenny. Please know that you and your girls are in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care.
Comment | Posted at 08:43am via Condolence

Carl kizelowicz

Carl Kizelowicz
What I will forever remember about Kenny is his straight forward personalty. You always knew how he felt about anything he talked about. He had that drill Sargent mentality. Unfortunately, it sometimes got him in trouble. Like the time he laid into a game warden which later cost him a fine.
I enjoyed going down his cabin at 7 am sharp having coffee and discussing the worlds problems. Kenny, rest in peace. You will be missed by a ll who knew you.
Comment | Posted at 09:45am via Condolence

Donna Brown

Sherry, Missy, Christie, Cara, and families we were saddened to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Comment | Posted at 08:50pm via Condolence

John Lesher

Dear Sherry and your family,
I have many memories of Kenny growing up and the days of attending OHS-SVHS. I enjoyed talking to both of you at the reunions. He was a credit to his family, and his Country.My most sincere sympathies to you and your family.
John Lesher
Class of 1956.
Comment | Posted at 11:49am via Condolence

Jefftricia Messner

My sincere thoughts and prayers to the whole family. I worked at the Reading Eagle for 28 years and knew Kenny well. I also had the pleasure of meeting Missy years ago at my sister Gloria Conrad's house. Pat (Strause) Messner
Comment | Posted at 02:02pm via Condolence

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