Leo J. Weiss
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Leo J. Weiss, 84, of Haubstadt, Ind., passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born October 27, 1928, in Haubstadt to John A. and Lydia (Buck) Weiss. He retired from co-ownership of Weiss Motor Sales, Inc. after more than 60 years of service. He was best known for his expertise at auto body repair and refinishing.
He proudly served his country first as a military test driver at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds before becoming a member of the Japan Logistical Command in the American Occupation of Japan during the Korean War. He enjoyed sharing his military experiences. He was especially proud of climbing Mt. Fujiyama.
Leo was a lifetime member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Haubstadt. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Pos #2714, a member of Haubstadt American Legion Post #194, the NRA, and a past member of the Knights of St. John Post #345 Haubstadt. He was known for his great sense of humor, his love of life, and for cruising the streets of Haubstadt in his red and white jeep with his faithful dog riding as co-pilot.
Leo is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Gloria Harper; grandson, Ryan Weiss; sister, Virginia; and brother, John G.; son-in-law, Jeff Bloodworth; and daughter-in-law, Sandra Weiss.
Survivors include his wife of more than 62 years, Betty (Dewig) Weiss; son, Rick Weiss, Haubstadt, Ind.; daughter, Donna Weiss, Evansville, Ind., daughter, Marleen (Keith) Bloodworth, Haubstadt, Ind., daughter, Nanette (Bob) Buttrum, Oakland City, Ind., son, Kelly (Debbie) Weiss, Haubstadt Ind., daughter, Ramona Weiss, Swanton, Ohio; sisters, Leona Thiel, Evansville, Bernice (Tom) Emge, Newburgh, Ind., Dorothy (Don) Penner, Lafeyette, Ind., Irma (John) Stone, Owensville, Ind.; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the VFW Post #2714 and the Haubstadt American Legion #194.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Stodghill Funeral Home in Fort Branch Ind., and again at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service. A Rosary will be recited at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. by Father Tony Ernst.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a human society of your choice or the St. Judes Children Hospital. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.stodghillfuneralhome.com
Stodghill Funeral Home
500 E Park St Fort Branch, IN 47648
Published in Courier Press on Sept. 12, 2013