(Oct. 23, 1941-Sept. 11, 1992). A graduate of Arsenal Technical High School and Butler University, Weliever worked in the restaurant business and operated automobile dealerships in Morgan County. He served as president of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s Merit Board and the Indiana Restaurant Association, and he was a board member for the Indiana Automobile Association.

A lifelong Democrat, Weliever was appointed by Governor Evan Bayh in January 1989 as Indiana Department of Administration commissioner. In December of that year, Bayh picked him to take over as Hoosier Lottery director following the resignation of attorney Jack Crawford, who allegedly had sexually harassed one of his employees. Weliever served as Lottery director until October 1991, when he left the job to become a partner with his son in a Lebanon, Indiana automobile dealership.

Weliever was one of four Indianapolis civic leaders who died on September 11, 1992, in a southern Marion County plane crash. The four men—Michael A. Carroll, Lilly Endoment, Inc. vice president; Frank E. McKinney Jr, Bank one, Indiana Corp. board of directors chairman; and Robert V. Welch, White River Development Commission executive, and Weliever—were traveling to AmeriFlora ’92 in Columbus, Ohio to investigate possible ideas for the {White River State Park}::EL in Indianapolis when their plane collided in midair with another aircraft.

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