LaVern E. Weber, 76, a retired Army lieutenant general and former executive director of the National Guard Association, died Dec. 30 of injuries suffered in an accident that day at his farm in Perry, Okla. The National Guard Association said he suffered head injuries when struck by fence paneling that fell from a truck he was unloading.
Gen. Weber served 42 years in the military before retiring in 1984 as executive officer of the Pentagon's Reserve Forces Policy Board. He had been deputy commanding general for mobilization at Fort McPherson, Ga. From 1974 until 1982, he was chief of the National Guard Bureau, the Defense Department agency that serves as a communications channel between the Departments of the Army and the Air Force and the states.
In this role, Gen. Weber was instrumental in improving pay and benefits for National Guard service members. He also increased equal opportunity activity in National Guard units and founded the National Guard Professional Education Center at Little Rock.
Since 1983, Gen. Weber had lived in Alexandria and at his Oklahoma farm in Perry. He was born in Lone Wolf, Okla.
During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps, then after the war joined the Oklahoma National Guard. He attended the University of Oklahoma and Louisiana Polytechnic Institute and in 1948 graduated from East Central State College in Ada, Okla. He was a schoolteacher and coach in Oklahoma.
In the Korean War, he was an operations and training officer with the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Division in Korea. Later he served in staff assignments with that unit and then as the Oklahoma adjutant general.
His decorations included Distinguished Service Medals of the Army, National Guard and Air Force, the Legion of Merit and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria.
His marriage to Bette Rogers Weber ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Weber of Alexandria and Perry; two children from his first marriage, Larry Weber and Janis Parrish, both of Oklahoma; six stepchildren; a brother; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.