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On Sunday, June 23rd, we welcomed our employees and their families to General Films for a day of celebration and remembrance. This special day of appreciation for our staff was planned to honor the memory of General Films founder, Roy J. Weikert. Together we shared food, fellowship, and fun, celebrating our legacy of Roy and displaying the future of our company. The day’s activities included food trucks, face painting, games, and entertainment. The General Films plant was opened for tours, featuring several of Mr. Weikert’s most significant contributions to our industry. Again, we want to thank our employees and their families for everything they do to make General Films the industry leader it is today.

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Roy J. Weikert  1913–2019


Roy J. Weikert, age 105, passed away peacefully in his sleep at The Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio, on Thursday, April 11, 2019.  Many who knew him would say he was one of the most interesting people they had known.

He was born on October 22, 1913, to his parents, Isaac and Gertrude Weikert, both deceased. Also preceding him in death are brothers Robert, Harold, Wayne, their spouses, and sister Freida and her spouse, along with an infant sister, Margaret. Although Roy never married, he is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families, as well as a wide circle of extended Weikert family, many friends, and business associates.    

Roy spent his early formative years on farms and in one-room schools in Darke and Miami Counties and then moved with his family to Covington when in sixth grade.  He graduated from Covington High School. He attended Columbia University in New York and later earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Honoring the Memory of Roy Weikert