Richard Weil died peacefully at the Chapel Hill Healthcare & Rehab Center. He spent his last three years in Durham making many new friends and enjoying his time with his family. During his years in NC, he became a spirited Tar Heel fan. Appropriately, he died wearing his Tar Heel Championship shirt. His son and daughter-in-law consider those three years as an added treasure in their lives.
He is survived by his wife Faye Weil, sons, Michael Weil and his wife Peggy Link-Weil of Chapel Hill, NC, David Weil and his wife Debbi of Chicago, IL, grandchildren: Taryn and Stephen, Jason, Jessica and Jamie. He also had three great-children, Rian, Mckenzie and Noah.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 24 years, LaVerne Schramm Weil, his second wife of 10 years, Francine Greenspan and his son James Mitchell Weil. Richard was born during the flu epidemic of 1918 when his mother died six months after his birth. He lived with relatives in Chicago during his early years and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs since 1926.
Prior to his establishing his career he served 4 years in the Army, in Australia and New Guinea during WWII. He was always a proud veteran, having served his country. After his return to Chicago, He fell in love with his first wife and proposed during their first date. LaVerne came to Chicago for a vacation and found a fiancée! After getting married three months later and moving to St. Louis, he began his career in sales and spent his adult years in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Chicago and Scottsdale before moving to NC when he was 91. He was a tall man with movie star good looks. This was recognized several times in his life when he was asked to be a model for several magazines.
He was a very positive person who never complained, despite having experienced the loss of a 19-year-old son and two wives. He enjoyed North Carolina and the many new friends he made. His charm and good nature brightened the lives of everyone who came in contact with him. His grace and presence will be greatly missed. He was a loving and caring man, who never expected to live until he was almost 95. He remained in great health up until his final 3 months.
A memorial service will be held 4pm on Tuesday July 30, 2013 at Emerald Pond Retirement Home in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: