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PAWHUSKA — Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday for Jim Weigant, a longtime community leader who passed away Saturday — one day before he would have celebrated his 62nd birthday.

Weigant, a former Pawhuska mayor and city council member, died suddenly at his home from an apparent heart attack.

James Michael Weigant, Sr. — best known to all as Jim — was born Feb. 1, 1953, in Portland, Ore., and spent his younger years in northern California before moving to Tulsa when he was in the sixth grade. Weigant graduated from Bishop Kelley High School in 1971 and attended the University of Tulsa for a year prior to continuing his education at the University of Oklahoma.

While attending OU, Weigant met Ellen Fronkier, to whom he was married for the past 40 years. Jim and Ellen Weigant both graduated in 1976 from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Pharmacy. The Weigants eventually settled in Pawhuska, where they opened Weigants’ Pharmacy on Oct. 1, 1979.

Embracing Pawhuska as his home town, Weigant was actively involved with local Boy Scout Troop 33 and in the parish at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. As his Catholic faith was very important to him, he was a proud Benedictine Oblate who liked taking retreats to St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee.

Weigant was a member of the Pawhuska City Council for many years and he served several terms as mayor. Around town, he became known around town for riding his scooter to work — unless the cold or rain stopped him. Also, he was an avid Neil Young fan who also loved the science fiction TV series “Dr. Who.”

Survivors include six children and multiple grandchildren.

Services at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Pawhuska will be officiated by Father Chris Daigle. The Rosary will be held Tuesday evening in Pawhuska with the funeral Mass to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday

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