CUBA CITY—The Weber family is known in Cuba City for their successful meat processing business, but former co-owner Lee Weber has made his mark in the community in many other ways.
Lee’s parents, Otto and Olive Weber, opened Weber’s Processing on June 22, 1947. Lee’s brothers Jack and Lon Weber helped build the plant along with their father.
Lee said Jack served in World War II and Lon was in the Korean War.
“After serving their country, they both went on to different careers,” Lee said.
Lee worked at the plant with three other brothers: Reg, Norm and David.
“Dad taught us the daily operations,” Lee said. “After dad’s passing, we purchased the plant from my mother.”
In October 2010 Lee retired from the family business after 50 years there and sold it to his nephew, Dan, and his wife, Tracy. The business is now called Weber Meats.
“I was honored to help carry on my parents’ legacy and have it remain in the Weber family,” Lee said.
A veteran himself, Lee has been a member of the American Legion for 34 years. He is a past commander and said he is honored to serve at military funerals for fallen veterans.
Lee continues to be active with the Masonic Lodge and Southwestern Shrine Club. He is a 32nd Degree Mason. Since retiring, he helps transport children to the Shriners hospitals in Minneapolis and Chicago.
“It’s a very rewarding experience,” Lee said. “We have traveled over 13,000 miles transporting patients.”
Lee served as the mayor of Cuba City at two different times, from 1986-1990 and 2012-2014. He was an alderman on the City Council for 26 years, serving under mayors Gary Foht, Grace Banfield, Louis Kaiser, Dick Davis and Bob Beinborn.
Lee is an active member of the Cuba City United Methodist Church. He has served on different boards and committees over the years and has been a member of the church choir and Methodist Men’s Group.
He and his wife, Lynda, have traveled and stayed busy spending time with their family since Lee’s retirement. They have five children: Scott, Otto, Holly Mandy and Ryan; and 10 grandchildren.
“Lee has given many hours to Cuba City and the organizations he belongs to,” Cuba City Mayor Tom Gile said. “Giving of one’s time and talent speaks volumes and I thank Lee for his dedication to our great city.”
Lee said he likes seeing all of the improvements to the community.
“I think Cuba City is doing very well,” Lee said. “They are making great improvements to the industrial park and downtown. Anything we do to improve the downtown shows something is being done and the city isn’t stagnant. People are doing a very good job.”
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