Robert Weiss

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Robert Weiss, 92, of Smithton, IL, born August 21, 1925, in Mascoutah, IL, died Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Robert was a 1944 graduate of Freeburg Community High School, Freeburg, IL.  He was a machinist for 45 years, and retired from Ideal Stencil Machine Company, Belleville, IL, after working as a journeyman for 37 years.  Mr. Weiss was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, and a former member of the Smithton Historical Society.

Robert’s love for his family came first, followed by his passion for gardening.  He was well-known for Weiss Strawberry Farm, located in Smithton from 1963 to 1973.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Margaretha Linda, nee Seitz, Weiss; a son, Elton (Sandra Kay) Weiss; a brother, Lester (Rosalie) Weiss; and a sister, Iona (Walter) Schnur.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Irene E., nee Goeddel, Weiss, whom he married on November 3, 1949, in Waterloo, IL;
a son, Alan Weiss of Belleville, IL;
a daughter, Rebecca (Michael) Worley of Belleville, IL;
six grandchildren, Tris (Carrie) Weiss, Chi Weiss, Jason Weiss, Shannon (Brad) O’Donnell,
Rev. Scott (Ashley) Worley, and Luke (Allison) Worley;
seven great-grandchildren, Brianna Weiss, Parker Weiss, Killian Weiss,
J.J. Weiss, Brody O’Donnell, Julia O’Donnell, and Tyler Worley;
a niece, Shirley Souris of Mesa, AZ;
and a great-nephew, Dr. Jeffery (Dr. Christa) Souris.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John U.C.C., Smithton, IL, or to Family Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. John United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. John United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Dwayne Dollgener officiating.

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


2 Comments on Robert Weiss

Curt, Tanya, Piper and Kylie Brown said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2018 at 7:44 PM

To the entire Weiss family: you are all in our prayers. I have known you all for so long, it's like you are my extended family. I'm sure Robert will be planting gardens in Heaven. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Connie Sue (Mehrmann) Stiehl said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Irene and family, I remember the first time we met. It was when you still lived in Belleville. If I remember correctly, Syl & Darlou were with us also. You and Robert were so fun to be around I really enjoyed myself. It was really nice when you moved out to Smithton & we got to see more of you. The families getting together was always fun, & I will never forget it.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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