Clifford D.E. Weiss(1920 - 2014)

CLIFFORD D.E. WEISS, 93, OF ELGIN, IL Clifford D.E. Weiss, 93, of Elgin, IL, formerly of Pottstown, PA, went home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Resthaven Nursing Home. Born January 25, 1920 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Gustav John and Mary Elisabeth Maier Weiss. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. He worked in the family hatchery business and helped in their huckster business. Clifford was the loving husband of Alma Virginia Miller Weiss for 67 years whom he married July 17, 1948. They met while he conducted the huckster business. He was employed by Firestone Tire Company in Pottstown for 30 years as a tire builder and inspector before retiring. He built a home where the family lived for 50 years. He was a lifetime member of Limerick Chapel in Limerick, driving a bus picking up children to take to Sunday School and visiting the homebound before moving to IL. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, ping pong, dominoes, boxing, making puzzles and reading. He will be remembered for loving his Lord, living his convictions, having an amazing memory of Bible verses, his sense of humor, his chuckle and smile, giving of himself and being considerate of all throughout his life. The following is his testimony as told to his daughter in 1975: All my life I knew of Jesus Christ, but not in a personal way. It was after I was married and bought a home in this area that my spiritual life started to change. My wife started listening to Christian radio broadcasts and then one night she went with a friend to the Tuesday night service at Limerick Chapel. Then she started going regularly and on Sundays. I was still going to my former church where I was the S.S. superintendent. After talking with the pastor, I left that church and I also started attending Limerick Chapel. In approximately 1956 while attending the P.Y.C. on a Saturday night, a man came up to me after the eservice and asked me if I was going to heaven. I told him I thought so, and he said to me that I better make sure. After praying the sinner's prayer and receiving Christ as my Savior, I went on my way. After that, one thing after another dropped out of my life: drinking, smoking, gambling, certain reading materials, bad language, etc., and I am still being cleansed. At times I have wondered about my salvation since my life did not change dramatically and instantly, but I know the Lord is working with me, and I am praising Him for it, and I will keep praising Him for all the wonderful things He has done in my life. I am so glad I have Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not but for to steal and to kill and to destroy, I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly." Christ has given me this abundant life. I have a Christian wife and two sons and a daughter who know the Lord and are living for Him. He has given me good health that I am sure I would not have had, had I not become a Christian. He has given me peace and contentment. He has met all my needs and much more. He has given me many Christian friends with whom I may have fellowship. Knowing the Lord has put meaning into my life. My life now has a purpose. He is survived by his wife, three children: Dawn (Daniel) Harmon of Dillsburg, PA, Clifford (Patricia) Weiss, Charles (Kerri) Weiss of St. Charles, IL; six grandchildren: Heidi, Brandon, Jordan, Craig, Megan, Hanna; and eight great grandchildren: Dakota, Lucas, Nevaeh, Charlotte, Ayden, Kaidence, Corey, and Azalea. Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy Weiss Hummel, and five brothers: Arthur, Karl, Victor, Albert and Christopher Weiss. A viewing was held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, IL, and the funeral service was held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Laird's. Pastor Darrel Malcom officiated. Military farewell ceremony and burial was held at 2:30 p.m. in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL on November 22, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made in Clifford's name to the Apostolic Christian Resthaven Nursing Home, 2750 West Highland Ave., Elgin, IL 60124.

Funeral Home

Laird Funeral Home
310 South State Street Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 741-8800
Published in The Mercury on Apr. 8, 2014