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Kurtis  Weiss

Kurtis S. Weiss

Saturday, March 22nd, 1947 - Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Kurt Weiss of Pennsburg, Upper Hanover Township, PA, pursued his goals and his passions, living the life that he chose, until his death at age 71. He passed away on March 11, 2019, following a long and valiant battle to regain his health.

Kurt and his twin sister were born on March 22, 1947, to parents Herman and Vera Weiss (later Boykin) of Green Lane, PA. Ever a “Green Laner” at heart, he was raised for the outdoors. Early in his life, Kurt developed a love of sports, hunting, and the study of the American Civil War. All three of these interests came to define him throughout the rest of his life.

A 1965 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School, Kurt enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1966.
He was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. As a machine gun squad leader, he was involved in eleven major operations. During his time of leave, Kurt traveled to Hawaii, where he married Judy Walter of Sumneytown, PA. He then returned to Vietnam and served during the Tet Offensive. Corporal Weiss completed his military service in Quantico, VA, as an instructor at the Officers’ Training School, Marine Base Quantico, until honorably discharged in September of 1968.

Kurt and Judy raised their three boys in Upper Hanover Township, and celebrated 51 years of marriage in 2018. Kurt and business partner Ralph Mack became co-owners of Mack & Weiss Masonry Contractors and conducted business in and around the area until their retirement.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Kurt became a member and eventually president of the Green Lane Club, Inc., Sullivan County, PA. For his entire life this location afforded him a second home where he was able to hunt, trap, process maple syrup alongside his son, and roam the beautiful and peaceful Endless Mountains.

His great interest in the study of Civil War history, particularly his life-long study of Gettysburg battle strategy, fueled Kurt’s desire to share his theories and knowledge with others. He became a volunteer speaker on the subject of Gettysburg for various civic groups of the Upper Perkiomen Valley, as well as the Life Long Learning program, and guided field experience and leadership programs on the battlefield over the years for hundreds of students from Worcester Preparatory School of Berlin, Maryland, and from the Upper Perkiomen High School gifted students program.

Kurt’s own love of playing high school football led him to participate for over 16 years as an assistant football coach under head coaches Steve Moyer and Kyle Mirth at Upper Perkiomen High School. Drawing on his military experience and his studies of battle strategies, he attempted to instill in his players important qualities of leadership, teamwork, determination and perseverance.

Kurt is survived by his wife Judy A. (Walter) Weiss; sons Kent W. Weiss, Matthew H. and wife Rebecca (Himmelwright) Weiss and Adam K. and wife Rebecca (Johnson) Weiss; grandsons Kyle, Conner, Gavin, Brody, Liam, Trent and Owen; twin sister Kathleen W. Bieler and husband
Edward K. Bieler; step brother Michael A. Boykin; sister-in-law Helen JoAnn Styer and husband Eugene S. Styer; brother-in-law John B. Walter and wife Barbara; and nephews and niece Joshua S. Styer, John Walter and Kristy Walter.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home,
222 Washington St., East Greenville, PA on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. A funeral service is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private.

In memory of Kurt Weiss, please thank a United States military veteran. “Never Forget”.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:45am
    When
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
    Location
    Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home
    Address
    222 WASHINGTON STREET
    EAST GREENVILLE, PA 18041-1414
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home
    Address
    222 WASHINGTON STREET
    EAST GREENVILLE, PA 18041-1414
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Nicholas L. Pence

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JOE STODDART

Posted at 09:35am
a great man who will be mlssed. for as quiet as he was, you always knew his message.
a great patriot with strong will. as we cannot make the service, we would like to extend our condolences to judy and the boys.
he of course is missed. matt, we hope you keep stopping in at nordmont.
JOE AND GRACE.
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Terry Underkoffler

Posted at 11:32am
I encountered Kurt in two different places. I watched him coach and lead young football players and inspire them to reach for greater heights in their abilities. He made them push themselves, play and believe in something more than themselves. I also was part of his Gettysburg National Battlefield presentation with the Worcester Prep students. His beliefs in patriotism, honor, sacrifice and fighting for each other was always inspiring. I am proud to have witnessed both arenas.
DR

Donna Rehak

Posted at 12:51pm
Judy and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Kurt’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Much love, hugs and prayers! John and Donna Rehak
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Marisa Grimes WPS ‘10

Posted at 08:41am
I have fantastic memories of Kurt taking my APUSH class through Gettysburg in 11th Grade. His love and knowledge of history got a bunch of 16 year olds extremely excited to learn about this topic - not always an easy thing to accomplish. Our field trip to Gettysburg is what stands out to me from my junior year, and is one of the main events that made me pursue a minor in History in college. Thank you Kurt for such an amazing memory. Rest easy.
BT

Barry Tull

Posted at 10:34pm
Kurt took our Worcester Prep students on an amazing journey through the history of Gettysburg. For ten years he visited our school in Berlin, Maryland to enrich the Advanced Placement U.S. History classes of his longtime friend, Larry Morris. He followed it up with an interactive guided tour of the Gettysburg battleground for our students. On several occasions I had the privilege of accompanying our students to his lectures and tours. All of us came home with an understanding not only of the strategies of the multi-faceted battle, but with deep feelings about the emotions of the event, especially those of the “grunt soldiers” who faced the most serious consequences for the decisions being made during those eventful days.
He always ended the day at Gettysburg with a discussion that made us reflect on what we had just experienced and put it into perspective. He compelled us to do what the study of history is all about—look at the present with a view about how past events got us here—and to the future with the thought of not repeating mistakes of the past.
I told Kurt that I chuckled as I listened to him talk about his education in terms of courses and degrees. In told him that he was, without doubt, one of the most educated people I have ever met. He was a master teacher—and that perhaps he missed his true calling.
His teaching and philosophy changed the lives of many of our students and faculty members. Kurt was truly one of a kind who made a positive impact on so many.

Barry Tull, Ed.D.
Headmaster/retired
Worcester Preparatory School
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