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James Earl Weiker, of Fayette, passed away Feb. 19, 2014, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital Hospice Unit in Columbia, Mo. He was 86 years old.

He was born on Nov. 20, 1927, in Payson, Okla., a son of the late Fred Dewey and Margaret Irene (Canant) Weiker.

Earl graduated in 1950 from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) with a degree in Agriculture Education and a high school VoAg teaching certificate. While teaching at Welch, Okla., he received a mandatory invitation from the U.S. government to participate in the Korean War. After his tour of duty and discharge from the United States Air Force, he came to Missouri in 1953 to farm with his parents.

Weiker Angus Ranch was established in 1953 when Earl purchased five heifer calves. Weiker Angus Ranch received the Historic Angus Herd Award in 2012 for having been a continuous producer of Registered Angus Cattle for over 50 years. The three awards Earl was most proud of – second place in the 1993 Missouri Angus Breeder of the Year based on performance and show ring results, an award in 1994 for appreciation for outstanding and continued support of the Boone County Fair Cattle Division, and in 1996 the American Royal honored the Weiker family as the Missouri Farm Family for Beef.

Earl is a past president of the Howard County Angus Association. He served on the Howard County Angus Board, Mid-Mo Co-op Association and Howard County Feeder Calf Association Board. He was a member of the Fayette Young Farmers and Farm Wives, Missouri Farm Bureau, Howard County Cattlemen’s, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattlemen’s Association, American Angus Association, Missouri Angus Association and Howard County Angus Association where he served on the board in many capacities.

In addition to feeding and caring for his Registered Angus herd, he enjoyed caring for his chickens, cats, dog and garden. He also enjoyed his catfish pond and seining with family and friends, and going on extended trips with close friends as well as nights of dining and dancing.

In 1959, Earl married Julia Mary Lay, a Howard County native, who survives. Their four children and families who survive are: Mary (Dan) Pearce of Ashland, Mo.; Margaret Weiker of Plano, Texas; Fred Weiker of Fayette, Mo.; Earlene (Harold) Fox of Ellington, Mo.; and grandson James Fox of Ellington and fiancée Michele Arnold. Other survivors include an uncle, a sister, brother, sister-in-law, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

Services in Fayette to celebrate Earl’s life include visitation Friday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carr-Yager Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at The First Baptist Church. Interment with full military honors will follow at the Fayette City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Fayette High School FFA Chapter Scholarship for a student pursuing education in agriculture; send in care of Carr-Yager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 210, Fayette, Mo. 65248.

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