Donald E. Weis, 89, of Afton, died Friday, December 30, 2016 at his home in Afton.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 2, 2017 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Afton. Father Ken Halbur will officiate.
Burial will be at St. Edward's Cemetery in Afton.
Open visitation will be from 2-7:00 p.m. Sunday at Powers Funeral Home in Afton, a 4:30 p.m. Sunday Rosary with family receiving friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Sunday.
Military graveside honors will be given by the V.F.W. Posts of Afton and Creston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed for the St. Edward Catholic Cemetery near Afton. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.
Donald Edward Weis, son of Albert Paul Weis and Mary Katharine (Brosnahan) Weis, was born on September 25, 1927 at home near Afton. He was raised in Afton and graduated from Arispe High School.
On October 13, 1951, Don was united in marriage to Anna Louise Swanson at St. Joseph's Parish in Des Moines. He served his country as a Sergeant with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He spent two months in Japan and 13 months in Korea. He was honorably discharged in April of 1953. They lived their entire married life together in the Afton area where Donald farmed. Donald retired from farming in 1992.
Donald was a member of the St. Edwards Catholic Church in Afton, the Afton V.F.W. and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
Donald's family, farm, and faith were central to his life.
Catholicism was a source of guidance to Don throughout his life and provided him
great strength in his final days and hours. At all times in his wallet he
carried a Saint Christopher, Sacred Heart, Saint Hubert, Saint Peter, and Our
Lady of Mount Carmel medallions. The paint on his rosary, which he used until the
day of his death, was worn off on the center of the beads. His faith carried him
through to his death; hours before his death he asked for the assistance of a priest to go
from this world to the next.
Don's no-nonsense and matter-of-fact approach to life was appreciated by family, friends, and neighbors.
Farming was his life-long profession, after serving in the Army during the Korean War, Don was eligible to go to college on the GI Bill but chose to return to farming. He worked tirelessly and took great pleasure from his occupation as a farmer. He prided himself, in weed-less beans, fat calves, and pastures without thistles. He remained interested in farming until his last days and the only thing he took greater pride in was his family.
Don and his wife Anna, to whom he was married for over 65 years, had 14
children, 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He recognized that his
life was truly blessed as he is survived by all of his descendants excluding his
oldest daughter Donna, who he now joins. Donald passed away at home, surrounded
by family members. While his loss has left a great void in the fabric of the
family, his values and approach to life live on.
By his example, the Family asks for continued prayers and any donation to be
made to St. Edward's Catholic Cemetery.
Donald is survived by his wife Anna of Afton; eight sons,
Stephen (Della) Weis of Fort Worth, TX,
Alan (Kelly) Weis of Afton, IA,
Brian Weis of Creston, IA,
Michael (Valerie) Weis of Norwalk, IA,
Carl (Brooke) Weis of Norwalk, IA,
Louis (Cindy) Weis of Elk Point, SD,
Thomas (Dawn) Weis of Stanton, IA
Matthew (Julie) Weis of Creston, IA;
In addition to five daughters;
Callista (Joseph (dec.)) Slorah of Indianola, IA,
Jocelyn Weis of Des Moines, IA,
Jennifer Weis (Tim White) of Rochester, MN,
Margaret (Frank) Kenealy of Waverly, IA,
Laura Weis of Tolono, IL
Delfin, Ashley, Jessie, Adam, Sarah, Stormy, Cheyanne, Albert, Kristin, Jake, Sam, Jamie, Ben, Kae Anna, Ty, Alex, Anna, John, Becca, Tommy, Katie, Nick, Joseph, Haley, Chelsea, Donnie, Samantha, George and Owen;
Carson, Kendall, Chloe, Cal, Gracie, Sawyer, Will, Harper, Bronx, Emmett, and Jay
Brothers Fritz (Lois) Weis, Edwin (Kate) Weis, and Harry (Joanne (dec.)) Weis, sister Jeannie (Leonard) Pettit, brother-in-law, Ralph (Mary) Swanson of Kimberly City, Mo. and two sisters-in-law, Agnes Eklund of Afton and Irene Peppmeier of Creston.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Donna Weis, sister Frances (Ang (dec.)) Scrandoli, brother, Pete (Ava Jean (dec.) Weis and brothers and sisters-in-law, Howard and Bunny Swanson, Raymond Eklund, Earl Peppmeier, and Carl Swanson.
*The only reason we can elaborate on Don's life in a way that goes against his
no-nonsense, matter-of-fact personality, is because he is not here to say
otherwise and the family is very proud of him.