Rev. Charles Eiss, Jr.

Rev. Charles H. Eiss, Jr.

Wednesday, September 29th, 1943 - Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Rev. Charles H. Eiss, Jr.
Pastor Emeritus, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sumneytown, Pa.

The Reverend Charles H. Eiss, Jr., 76, of Topton, went home to his Lord on Sunday, March 1, 2020. He was the loving husband of Linda (Galloway) Eiss, with whom he would have shared 55 years of marriage in August.

He was born on September 29, 1943 on Staten Island, NY to the late Charles H. and Evelyn (Diehl) Eiss, Sr.

Pastor Eiss was a 1961 graduate of Tottenville High School on Staten Island, NY and Upsala College in East Orange, NJ. Then was called by the Lord to become a minister. He earned his Master’s degree in 1969 from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and after being ordained; Pastor Eiss served Christ Lutheran Church in Springtown, PA. for eight years. He went on to serve St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sumneytown with love, faith and wisdom for 33 years until his retirement in 2011. However, after retirement you could still find him doing bible studies and preaching to the residents of the Topton Lutheran Home. He recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination.

An avid collector of fossils and American Indian artifacts, he was a member of the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society, the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, and the National Museum of the American Indian; where he and his wife, were one of the first contributors to the museum.

In his spare time, you could find him walking the fields looking for arrow heads or any other kind of artifacts to add to his collections.

The family is comforted by knowing that he is in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all that knew him.

Surviving along with his wife are his two sons, Dr. Steven Eiss and wife, Dr. Sara Pike of Emmaus, PA and the Rev. Brian Eiss and wife, Ellen of Corry, PA; his four grandchildren, Emily, Hayden, Chase and Ashley; and his siblings, Patricia Wagner, wife of Richard and Donald Eiss and wife, Betsy.

Due to the updated recommendation from the CDC, Rev. Eiss's service will be postponed until further notice. Thank you!Arrangements are entrusted to Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville. Please share sympathy with the family on

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Benevolent Fund of the Lutheran Home of Topton,1 South Home Avenue, Topton, PA 19562.
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Martha Emmett

Posted at 09:42am
I am so saddened by this news. Pastor Eiss was a wonderful, kind, fun person. Our family was blessed to have had him in our lives. I'll never forget our Wildwood trips with the youth groups or how he loved the Peach festivals as well. He even brought a little levity during our daughter's wedding when we were waiting for a person who was very late. Knowing my mother, he asked if it was her. I laughed (through a lot of tears) and told him "Not this time!". I don't know if he knew how much that meant to me but it made me feel so much better. RIP to a great paster. The Emmett family

Gene Lebrenz

Posted at 09:05am
Charlie Eiss was a dedicated Pastor who was chosen by God to help others. His tenacity to his career and his family are exemplary. The world is a better place because of the passion Charlie had for his career.

I met Charlie when we were both inducted into a social fraternity as undergrads. We have remained lifelong close friends. Over the years, together with his children, we hunted for shells, went snorkeling, spent many days together socializing, and enjoyed boating. Not a single birthday nor Christmas passed when Charlie didn't call me with greetings. I am going to greatly miss his friendship, wisdom, compassion, and spiritual knowledge.

I know that Charlie is now in the best place he can be, in God's loving care, but I still miss him.

Gene Lebrenz

Diane Di Domizio Posted at 10:00am

My family was so sad to see this news. Pastor was a wonderful person inside and out. We joined the church in 1993. He made us feel so welcome. His passion for the church was undeniable. Sympathies to the Eiss family. May he Rest In Peace. The DiDomizio family

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