Charles Ray “Chuck” Weiss, 86, of Edwardsville and formerly of Granite City, passed away at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.
He was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Belleville, the son of the late Lilbert and Harriett (Deskin) Weiss. He married his beloved wife, Ida Mae (Schellhardt) Weiss, in 1953. She passed away in 1997. He married his beloved wife, Barbara (Barr) Weiss, in 1999, and she survives. He will be remembered for the love of his family and friends.
In addition to Barbara, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Ann Weiss of Springfield, Mo., and Brent and Cathy Weiss of Glen Carbon; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Eric Ryterski of Louisville, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Luke and Jake Weiss, Evan Ray, Shelby Ray-Weiss, Lily Ida Mae Weiss, Meghan, Max and Michael Ryterski; two sisters-in-law, Fanny Sue Schellhardt of Fults and Dee Schellhardt of Hoopeston; two brothers-in-law, Howard Ludwig of Waterloo and Eric Horn (Colette) of Maryville; one cousin, Tom Mentzer of Millstadt; many nephews, other extended family and friends.
Upon graduating from Belleville Township High School in 1948, Chuck signed with the New York Yankees and played five years in their minor league system. During his time in professional baseball, he played with Whitey Herzog and Mickey Mantle. After his professional baseball career, Chuck worked on the SIU staff as assistant baseball coach and instructor of the P.E. staff. In 1960, he left SIU and came to Granite City as a teacher and coach in their school system. He later became principal of Grigsby Jr. High, where he retired in 1985. Chuck was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 877 for 46 years; a Shriner of Ainad Temple for 43 years; as a Shriner he was a past president of the Hospital Unit, Chairman of the Hospital Unit’s annual Golf Scramble, and enjoyed giving tours at Shriners Hospital; he was also a Jester of 86. He was a member of Elks No. 1063 of Granite City. He served as a trustee for Regional Superintendent of Schools. He was a member of the Praise Community Fellowship Church in Edwardsville.
Chuck loved to play golf, go fishing with his family in Park Rapids, Minn., take family vacations, and spend time with his family and many dear friends.
In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, with an Ainad Shrine R.O.J. Southern Illinois Court 86 walk-through at 6:43 p.m. followed by an Ainad Shrine Hospital Unit walk-through and a 7 p.m. Masonic service.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Irwin Chapel in Granite City with Pastor Kent Schuette officiating.
Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.