Kennon A. Weaver, 73, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Pawhuska.

He was born March 1, 1941 in Fairfax to Aron Weaver and Dollie Mae (Goad) Weaver. He was raised in the Fairfax-Ralston area on his parents’ farm. He attended school in Fairfax, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Judy Kay Rice, on July 18, 1960. Two children completed their family: one son, Tommy Joe, and one daughter, Patricia Kay.

Kennon spent his early life working on his parents’ farm and in cotton fields. Later he started working in the oil fields. They moved from Fairfax to follow the oil boom, living in Enid, Woodward, Hominy and finally settling in Wynona in 1983. He then spent several years as a cross-country truck driver owner/operator. Wanting to stay closer to home, he went to work for J & J Dozer as a dozer/heavy equipment operator and foreman. He went on to work for Pawhuska Dozer as a dozer/heavy equipment operator and foreman.

He simultaneously ran the Weaver Ranch, where a sign reads, "If we ain’t got it, we’re probably going to get it." On the ranch, he and his wife, Judy, raised goats, cows, chickens, horses, dogs and any other animal Judy thought they might need, sometimes against Kennon’s better judgment.

In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and visiting with everyone. He never met a stranger.

At home, he enjoyed watching western movies, especially those starring John Wayne.

Kennon leaves behind his loving wife of 54 years, Judy Weaver; son, Tom Weaver and wife, Lisa Weaver, of Hominy; daughter, Patricia Weaver and husband, Jim Lott, of Wynona; three grandchildren, Justin Rhynes of Wynona, Joseph Caleb Weaver of Hominy, and Nichole Garrett and husband, Jason, of Wynona; three great-granddaughters, Kali Rhynes, Addyson Garrett and Jaylynn Garrett; one brother, Donald Weaver and wife, Tisha, of Woodward; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to name here.

As Kennon’s wish was to be cremated, a memorial service was held Aug. 8, 2014, in the fellowship hall of the First Christian Church of Fairfax. He will be greatly missed.