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Richard Merle Weik - Loss of a Brother

Richard Merle Weik

Richard Merle Weik, my brother was born on July 27, 1952 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa to Nancy Gertrude Brumley and Merle Otto Weik. My father was working at Midwest Metals in Davenport at the time. I was the big sister waiting for a brother or sister to arrive. I can't remember too much about that time because I was just a toddler myself, but my mother told me that it was an exciting time wondering if the baby was going to be a boy or a girl.

Richard Merle Weik was named after his father, Merle Otto Weik. Like many parents, they traditionally named their first-born son after the father or the father's father. 

Richard Merle Weik

The Weik family was now four members as of Christmas 1952, where Richard Merle Weik celebrated his first Christmas with lots of presents. 

Richard Merle Weik
Left to right; Merle Otto Weik, Nancy Gertrude Brumley, (on lap) John Edward, Richard Merle, and Diann Marie Weik

But wait, it wasn't long before another baby was on its way to the Weik family and on April 20, 1954 John Edward Weik was born. Two boys so close in age caused questions to be asked every time my mother took the boys for an outing. She would often dress them alike and people would always ask, "Are they twins"?

Richard Merle Weik
Diann Marie, Richard Merle, and John Edward Weik

As Richard and John grew up they became not only brothers but best friends, counting on each other in good times and bad. My parents decided to put them in the Boy Scouts and through the years they reached the level of Eagle Scout together. 

Richard Merle Weik
Court of Honor Announcement

 

Richard Merle Weik

We learned how to fish from my dad at an early age, mostly catching Catfish where we lived but some Blue Gill as well. It became a lifelong hobby for all of us. Richard and John would fish together with my Dad many, many times after I left home. It was as rewarding to them as it was to my dad over the years and pictures of the fish they caught were taken almost every time.

Richard Merle Weik
Merle Otto and Richard Merle Weik

 I received a call February 13, 2015 that my brother, Richard Merle Weik had passed away at home after several illnesses. My brother John and I got together that weekend and remembered our brother Richard, each having our own stories of being a child in this family called Weik. For my brother John, it is hard to lose a brother and a best friend that you shared your life with for so many years. I have always watched that connectedness from afar and saw how much they counted on each other.

His wife Denise will have a picnic this coming May to celebrate my brother's life. Pictures and many fishing stories will be told of Richard, John, and my dad as they fished their favorite places in Kansas. 

I loved my brother as the big sister in the family - looking out for him when he and John were little. Those days will be the way I remember him most of all. 

Richard Merle Weik

 

 

Amanda Brumley

 Amanda Brumley-Gilmore-Foster

Amanda Brumley was my great grand-aunt. Her middle name was Elizabeth and people called her Mandy for short. She was born on July 3, 1855 in Herman, Gasconade, Missouri. Her parents were Willis Brumley and Mary "Polly" Johns. 

Amanda Brumley had three siblings and two half-siblings; William "Bill", Nancy Ann "Aunt Coon", John, Alice Florence and Isaac Walter (my great-grandfather) Brumley. Her mother died ca. 1860 sometime after her brother John Brumley was born in Mt. Sterling, Gasconade, Missouri.

On December 19, 1872 in Vienna, Maries, Missouri she married John Henry Gilmore at the age of seventeen years old. They had three children; William Willis, James Charles and David Samuel Gilmore. 

Amanda Brumley

Amanda Brumley for whatever reason left her marriage and her three children behind sometime between 1879 to 1886 in Osage County, Missouri. She apparently moved to another county and by doing so John Henry Gilmore could not find her and had to put an advertisement in the local paper stating the reasons why he was divorcing Amanda.

Amanda Brumley

On February 6, 1886 John Henry Gilmore was granted a divorce from Amanda Elizabeth Brumley in Maries County, Missouri.

On September 6, 1897 Amanda Brumley Gilmore married George W. Foster in Hermann, Gasconade, Missouri. They had five children; Georgia Lee, Rice, Pearl Florence, Ella Mae and George Foster. 

Amanda Brumley

Amanda Brumley-Gilmore-Foster remained in Gasconade County, Missouri raising their family as per the census of 1900 and 1910. On December 1, 1919 died at the age of 64 of Cerebral Apoplexy (Stroke). She was buried at the Methodist Cemetery in Rosebud, Missouri.

Amanda Brumley

My mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik and I always had questions about Amanda Brumley and her marriages. We talked to other relatives who knew her directly and they never did confide in us about why she left her Gilmore family and started a new family with another person. Again, one of those mystery women in our Brumley Branches Genealogy that has been hard to track down over the years.