Wilbert L. “Willie” Weis, age 80 of Pocahontas, IL, died Saturday, September 03, 2016, at Deceased’s Residence in Pocahontas, IL.
He was born on Saturday, June 20, 1936, in Highland, IL, the son of John and Edna (nee Frisse) Weis.
On Wednesday, August 17, 1960, he married Anna L. Weis nee Wilke at St. Rose, IL, who survives.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Pierron, IL; American Legion Lee Iten Post #439, Highland, IL; Iron Workers Local #392; Member and Past President of Madison County Chapter of the former NFO; Charter Member of Pierron Improvement Club (P.I.C.).
Wilbert L. Weis was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland; he grew up on the Weis family farm northwest of Pierron, IL. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Pierron. Willie served with the U.S. Army from 1957-1959 with the Second Armored Calvary in Bamberg, Germany. He finished his reserve duty in 1965.
Upon returning home, he married and he and Anna operated a dairy farm, until 1965. He briefly sold farm machinery, worked for Farmers Equipment in Trenton, worked at Wicks Organ Factory, Broadway Battery and Tire and Drda Electric. As a sideline, he raised hogs from 1973 into the mid-1980’s. In 1972, he started working part-time for the iron workers, became full-time shortly thereafter and retired in 1997.
He enjoyed playing cards (Jass, Pinochle, Rummy, etc.); golfing, bowling, fishing/hunting and pitching horseshoes. (He started the league in Pierron and pitched for 43 years only missing one match.) He had also enjoyed boating and water skiing. He spent hours volunteering at Pierron Park and helping at the church.
Wife – Anna L. “Annie” Weis, nee Wilke, Pocahontas, IL
Daughter – Patricia A. Huber, Edwardsville, IL
Daughter – Carolyn R. (Virgil) Rehkemper, Glen Carbon, IL
Daughter – Mary M. (Special Friend Kenneth Weiss) Kampwerth , Highland, IL
Son-in-law – Paul Fehrmann, Glen Carbon, IL
Grandchild – Kim A. (Fiance Curtis Morrow) Rehkemper
Grandchild – Kraig W. Rehkemper
Grandchild – Brendan J. Rehkemper
Grandchild – Brock D. Huber
Grandchild – Katie M. Kampwerth
Grandchild – Sarah E. Kampwerth
Grandchild – Ava C. Fehrmann
Grandchild – Jack R. Fehrmann
Brother – Cyril “Cy” (Delores) Weis, Pocahontas, IL
Sister – Francis Luitjohan, Grantfork, IL
Brother – Herbert (Shirley) Weis , Saint Jacob, IL.
He was preceded in death by:
Father – John H. Weis (Died 7/7/1962)
Mother – Edna E. Weis, nee Frisse (Died 4/25/1981)
Son – Robert A. Weis (Died 5/21/1983)
Daughter – Linda B. Fehrmann (Died 10/12/2010)
Sister – Marie K. Deak (Died 12/31/2000)
Sister – Bertha R. “Bert” Geiger (Died 5/14/2015)
Brother – Earl L. Weis (Died 10/29/1994)
Brother – Raymond F. Weis (Died 7/10/2003)
Brother – Lester F. Weis (Died 1/11/2006).
Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 08, 2016, and from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Friday, September 09, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 09, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron, IL., with Father Scott A. Snider, Pastor, celebrant and Fr. Pat G. Jakel, Pastor, St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL, con-celebrant.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Pierron, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to P.I.C. Park or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.