In Memoriam: Mike Weir

Charles Michael “Mike” Weir was born December 8, 1947 in Ottumwa to Gerald and Catherine Roberts Weir. He was a 1966 graduate of Ottumwa High School. He married Janice Downing on December 31, 1970.

Mike Weir was hired on January 29, 1983 to be the Davenport Public Library’s Bookmobile Attendant and Driver. He first drove the retro 1973 Gerstenslager Transit (City Bus) Style bookmobile until it was retired in 1986.

Bookmobile #2 1973-1986

The Davenport Public Library’s next mobile library was the Moroney bookmobile Model BF260 which ran from July 1986 through December 2003.

Bookmobile #3 1986-2003

Both of these iconic library bookmobiles and their drivers/attendants were well known and cherished around the City of Davenport.

After The Library decided retire their bookmobile services, Mike stayed on and became a Senior Clerk in the Customer Service Department on July 1, 2004. He primarily worked at the Annie Wittenmyer Branch until it was closed in 2005, and then he worked at the Fairmount Library when it opened in 2006.

He retired in January 2013 after 30 years of working at the Davenport Public Library.

It is with sorrow, that our treasured bookmobile driver passed away on April 14, 2024 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. We wish his family, his colleagues past and present, and any patrons who knew him well during this time.

Please enjoy these photos of Mike from his time spent at The Library!

(posted by Kathryn and Cristina)

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