Brent L. Weber, 48
Aug. 7, 1969 – July 16, 2018
Brent Lawrence Weber, 48, of Sartell died July 16 surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous two-year battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). His funeral was held July 23 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. The Rev. Timothy Baltes officiated.
Weber was born on Aug. 7, 1969 to Larry and Marg (Larsen) Weber in Springfield. He grew up in Sanborn and graduated from Sanborn High School in 1987. He continued his education at St. John’s University in Collegeville and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management in 1991. Brent married Kelly Weedman on Oct. 8, 1994 in Springfield. They were blessed with four children: Blake, Abby, Morgan and Mallory.
Weber was employed with C.H. Robinson Worldwide in senior management for the majority of his professional career. He began his career in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1993 as a sales consultant and account manager. In 1997, he accepted the general manager position in Spokane, Washington and moved his family to Liberty Lake, Washington. They lived there for eight years before moving back “home” to Minnesota in 2005. Weber opened the C.H. Robinson branch in St. Cloud in August of 2005 and was the general manager until his retirement at the end of 2016. He loved his career and looked forward to going to “work” each day.
Sports were a significant part of Weber’s life, from childhood to his many years as a parent-coach. He excelled as a three-sport athlete in high school, earning all-conference honors in football, basketball and baseball. While at SJU, he competed in baseball, earning all-MIAC honors as a pitcher. Following college graduation, he pursued his dream of playing professional baseball when he was signed by the Atlanta Braves. He played Class A baseball for the Idaho Falls Braves and enjoyed every minute of the opportunity. After his professional experience, Weber competed for amateur teams including the Springfield Tigers (Minnesota), Dell Rapids PBR (South Dakota), and the Cheney Tigers (Washington). Both years he was with Dell Rapids PBR, the team won the South Dakota State Class B Championship. When his playing days came to a close, Weber stayed active in sports as a youth coach for many years. He was grateful to coach “his team” one last season in the summer of 2016. He was an active member of the Sartell Baseball Association, serving as its president from 2009-2016. During that time, the organization saw tremendous growth under his leadership.
Weber thoroughly enjoyed caring for his yard and took great pride in its appearance. He loved boating with his children and looked forward to the annual Weber fishing trip in Canada.
Weber was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. During his ALS journey, Brent didn’t question or waver in his faith. Instead, he accepted his disease, grew in his faith and was an example of strength, courage and bravery to all who knew him.
Survivors include the following: his loving wife and children, all of Sartell; parents, Larry and Marg Weber of Sanborn; siblings, Shelly (Shawn) Willhite of Sanborn, Brian (Amy) Weber of Edina, Susie Weber of St. Louis Park; mother-in-law, Judy Weedman of Springfield; in-laws, Jon (Nicole) Weedman of Jordan, Koree (Jim) Boyle of Morgan, Greg (Miranda) Weedman of Janesville and Kim (Stetson) Shoen of Springfield; 14 nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Julius and Beatrice Weber and Lynden and Erna Larsen; father-in-law Gary Weedman; godparents Virginia and Wayne Kramer; and uncle Lynn Larsen.
Brent’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Patricia Nee, Erika and CentraCare Hospice, Tanya and Prairie River Home Care, and special care giver, Rosie Ranweiler, and the ALS Association of Minnesota.
Obituary, guestbook and video tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
Author: Janelle Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.