John Sedgewick Weigle (1941-2020)


John Sedgewick Weigle was born on April 10, 1941, in  Ventura, California. He died on August 3, 2020, in Oxnard, California at the age of 79.  He had two brothers, but only one survives.  His father was Ralph Sedgewick Weigle and mother Mary Elizabeth Craven.  John was named for his Grandfather John Sedgewick Weigle, all of Ventura, California.

He graduated Ventura Senior High School (class of 1959), and continued his education at California State University, Northridge (class of 1964).  On facebook, he says, “My interests include computers, stamps (esp. Ventura County postal history and post office seals of the world, UFOs,) and editing (former work and club newsletters).”

On Facebook his favorite quote is listed as “Live and let live”

John was a veteran having served in the 60’s in the U.S. Army.

When John retired from his work at the Ventura County Star (60’s-February 2011) , he continued writing and editing club newsletters for the Ventura County Philatelic Society (VCPS), the Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California (FPCSC),  and Channel Islands PC Users Group (CIPCUG).

The CIPCUG newsletter is called The Outer Edge and all 252 published before his death are available on the web at

He was a prolific writer with maybe thousands of articles and newsletter listed on the web. Some of his favorite subjects were philately, youth philately, philatelic happenings in Southern California or Ventura County, UFOs,  the postal history of Ventura County and computers.

Some philatelic articles can be found on the SESCAL website at  and all the newsletters (42) about SESCAL since January 2000 and the Federation are on the SESCAL website at

He was a member of the Sunrise Optimist Club of Ventura.

He was chairman of the annual Youth Stamp Fair.  In John’s own words, “The event is sponsored by the Ventura County Philatelic Society and the Anacapa Middle School Stamp Club and, despite the name, is open to everyone who wants to learn more about stamp collecting, which has been called the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings”.

John never married but devoted his time to writing and support of the organizations he loved.  He was a leader, writer and editor for all of these organizations. He will be missed.

He is survived by his brother James Ray Weigle of Tooele, Ut. and James’ children,  John also had a half brother Dick Craven Hope (1929-2004). 

John’s remains will be cremated and the ashes thrown at sea.


Note:  This is a brief summary of some of his accomplishments.  A longer and more complete memorial is planned.  I have not yet mentioned his leadership roles. Please help by telling about your contacts with John and your knowledge of what he achieved.  Your comments, pictures, and memories can be submitted below.   L.M.Evans-de Violini

8/11/2020:  My thanks to Dr. Jerome (Jerry) V.V. Kasper who provided incredible help to me in learning about all the things John did.  There is more information that both Jerry and his wife Jean helped find that will be presented here as time allows.