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Peter M. Weiblen Jr.


Pete was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 26, 1963 and moved to Grand Rapids in 1969. He was a 1981 graduate of East Grand Rapids Senior High School, a place where he made many lifelong friends. After marriage in 1993 Pete and his wife Barbara moved to Boise, Idaho where they relished a mountain lifestyle that included backcountry skiing, fly fishing, white water rafting, hiking, hot springs and a joy in the natural world that he always held preeminent. Pete and Barb returned to West Michigan in 1999 with their young daughter Emilee and celebrated the birth of their second girl, Molly, shortly after. Pete was passionate about sharing the natural world with his family and they enjoyed many camping and backpacking trips throughout Michigan. Nordhouse Dunes was a family favorite but there was nowhere they traveled to that failed to spur their respect and love for nature. Along with his love of skiing and mountain biking Pete was an avid fly fisherman and celebrated that passion with a long term group of friends who shared his love of rivers and trout. Mid life Pete became determined to pursue a passion for health and helping others. He completed his education and received his license as a Physician Assistant in February of 2017, a mere two months before being diagnosed with brain cancer. Pete was incredibly positive and determined to win his war against the cancer that finally took his life. Everyone who knew him can testify to the inspiration of his courage, determination and positive attitude. Pete passed away on December 3, 2018 at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara; daughters Emilee and Molly; parents, Peter Weiblen Sr. and Nancy Jones; sister, Lisa (David) Greiner; Lisa’s children, Grant and Grace; mother-in-law, Ann Schaller; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ted Schaller, Susan (Paul) Vinciguerra, Steve (Margie) Schaller, Michael (Heidi Hoyles) Schaller. Numerous other nieces and nephews. A private celebration of Pete’s life will be held at a later date. The family is asking for your consideration of Accelerated Brain Cancer Cure, c/o ABC2, 1717 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 and Emmanuel Hospice for memorial contributions.

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