Charles Theodore Weeks
Charles Theodore Weeks
  • September 28, 1923 - October 13, 2017
  • Lake Forest, Illinois

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C. Theodore Weeks
Charles Theodore (Ted) Weeks was born at home in Pleasant Hill, OH on September 28, 1923 to Maribel
Myers Weeks and Stephen Weeks. They moved to Troy, OH in 1929 with younger brother, Stephen
Dean, and soon-to-be-born sister, Carolyn Jean. Ted graduated from Troy High School in 1941. He
enrolled at Miami University in 1941 where he ptedged Sigma Nu Fraternity.ln 1942, he joined the Naval
Reserve, and he was called into active duty in May of 1943. After boot camp in Chicago, he was sent to
the quartermaster school in Newport, Rl, after which he was shipped to landinB craft training school. On
June 6, 1944 he landed at Omaha Beach. He survived and spent the ensuing six months providing lighter
service at Utah Beach. ln February 1945, his group returned to the States for rehab, then to the Pacific
Ocean. They landed in Japan in Septernber 1945.ln February 1945, they returned to the United States
for discharge.
Ted enrolled at Miami University summer school in 1945, and he met his wife, Donna Marie Leslie, that
fall. There were married on June 5, 1946 in Oxford OH. He joined the Kroger Grocery Company in
January 1946 and was employed there for eight years as a grocery buyer. His sons Craig and Gary were
born in Cincinnati, OH. ln January 1954, Ted joined the Gardener Advertising Company in St. Louis, MO'
He was employed at Gardener as an Accounting Executive and Merchandising Director on Proctor &
Gamble, pet Milk and many other accounts. His son David was born in St. Louis. ln July 1955, Mr. Weeks
joined the Leo Burnett Advertising Company as Director of Trade Relations. Ultimately, he was
promoted to Sales promotion Manager where his department was involved with all the agency's
accounts. ln 1963, he was named Vice President. A member of the U.S. Board of Directors, he was
ultimately named Senior Vice President. He retired in the summer of 1984, having had a full and
rewarding career. Mr. Weeks spent 11 years as scoutmaster for Troop 5, Presbyterian church, in
Wilmette where he enjoyed helping more than 60 boys gain the Eagle rank, including his three sons and
three of his grandsons. ln addition to his Boy Scouts activity, he was a member of the Miami University
Business council, University club of chicago and the Michigan Shores club of wilmette'
After retirement, Ted and Donna purchased a winter residence in Fountain Hills, AZ where he was an
active member at the Fountain Hills Men's club, Fountain Hills Golf club and Fountain Hills Presbyterian
Church. ln 1998, he and Donna moved to Lake Forest Place in Lake Forest, lL where they took up
permanent residency with that Presbyterian organization. Ted was a loving grandfather of eight
grandchildren and one great grandchild, all of whom reside outside of lltinois. Ted, with his wife Donna,
were avid travelers due to his responsibilities at Leo Burnett, and upon their retirement they continued
that lifestyle. ln 2007, they sold their AZ home for year-long occupancy at Lake Forest Place'
He is survived by his sons Craig Weeks, Gary Weeks, and David Weeks, their wives and their children'
Donations in his honor can be made to the Northeast lllinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America'