July 9, 1921
October 27, 2018
Clemence Charles Weiss, age 97, of the Pleasant Hill Community, Washington County, was taken to his eternal home Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Clemence was born July 9, 1921, in the Pleasant Hill Community of Washington County to Charles H. and Johanna D. Sprain Weiss. He was claimed as a child of God and became a fellow member of the body of Christ at Salem Lutheran Church of Brenham through Holy Baptism on August 21, 1921 and affirmed his faith in Confirmation on April 14, 1935 by Rev. William Utesch. On August 3, 1947 he was united in marriage to Doris Mae Addicks in the same church by Rev. A.J. Mohr. They were married 71 years until the death of Doris Mae on September 12, 2018.
Clemence was a lifetime member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church serving as a Sunday School teacher, as a member of the Church council and on various committees. In his younger years he sang in the men’s and mixed choirs.
He attended the Pleasant Hill Rural School and Brenham High School. Throughout his life Clemence was active in various farming operations, most recently raising beef cattle. Until retirement, he was also employed by the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation. He enjoyed working outdoors caring for his cattle and farm. He liked to hunt, fish and listen to country and polka music and always enjoyed baseball, having played for Washington county baseball and softball teams in his youth. He was a member of the Salem Shooting Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7104 and the American Legion. Later in life he enjoyed his grandchildren entertaining them with tractor rides, his harmonica and his many stories.
Clemence was a veteran of World War II. He participated in the European Theatre of Operations serving his country from 1942 to 1945 with the 37th Amphibious Engineers Battalion and was among some of the first troops landing on Omaha Beach for the D-Day invasion of France. Afterward, he spent two years in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany often in combat engagements including the Battle of the Bulge. Decorations received were the Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, four Campaign Stars, one Bronze Arrow Head for Omaha Beach Landing, and the Croix de Guerre from the government of France.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Clara Addicks; sister and brother-in-law, Josephine and Leonard Addicks; sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Ervin Stern; brothers Luther and Louis Walter Weiss; sister Dorothy Weiss; brother-in-law, John Blasienz; and nephew James Stern.
He is survived by his sons Leighton Weiss and wife Renee, Charles Weiss and wife Kathy, Gary Weiss and wife Phyllis; grandchildren Angie Weiss, Jacob Weiss, Erich Weiss, Lauren Weiss Sinclair and husband Steven, and great granddaughter, Lillie Ann Sinclair; sister, Madeline Blasienz; sisters-in-laws Verbie Weiss, and Inez Weiss, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The family will receive friends and relatives at Brenham Memorial Chapel on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating. Pallbearers are David Stern, Ray Weiss, Erich Weiss, Jacob Weiss, Gregory Weiss, David Blasienz, Mark Addicks and Steven Sinclair. Burial will be at Prairie Lea Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be given in Clemence’s memory to the Salem Lutheran Church Organ Fund.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX. 979.836.361. Access on-line guest registration at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.