John D. Weaver

Born in Dayton in 1926, John D. Weaver is the driving force behind the success of nationally-recognized egg production facility Weaver Brothers, Versailles, since the 1950s. Sacrificing a career in professional football, Weaver returned to the family business after four years at Miami University, where he led the school to a win in the college's first bowl appearance. He became the vice president of Weaver Brothers in 1957 and president in 1967, which beheld until his retirement in 1991. During his service to his family firm, the company grew from contract egg production and purchases from small - farms in Ohio (approximately 200,000 layers) to an operation including 3.5 million layers, a feed mill producing 150,000 tons annually and 2,000 acres.

Weaver was a charter board member of the United Egg Production Association, the American Egg Board and the Ohio Egg Marketing Committee, as well as board member and president of the Midwest United Egg Producers.

Weaver founded the Versailles Poultry Days, served on Versailles Village Council, was a member and president of the Versailles Lions Club, a Trustee of the United Church of Christ and was named Versailles Citizen of the Year in 1995. Weaver and his wife Mary Bell live near Versailles and have grown children Tim Weaver, Jill Brown, Collette Weaver and Beth Wheaton.