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Glen Vincent Weiss, 94, died on August 12, 2018, in Greeley, Colorado.
Glen was born on July 12, 1924 to Clayton and Mary (Hier) Weiss in Imperial, Nebraska. Glen was one of 9 children born to Clayton and Mary.
Glen graduated from Chase County High School, in Imperial, NE., and from there joined the Army Air Corps. Glen served in WWII as an airplane mechanic in the Pacific islands. Four of Glen’s brothers also served in WWII -amazingly, all 5 brothers came home alive but rarely talked about their experiences.
After serving, Glen attended Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney (UNK) and received his teaching degree. His first teaching assignment was in the Maxwell, Nebraska, school district. During this time he met and fell in love with a girl that would forever change his life, Betty Clark from nearby Gothenburg. They met Thanksgiving 1949 when Glen was living at the home of one of Betty’s aunts. When Glen proposed, he said he was “Wise” (Weiss) as an owl. Betty asked him how he got to be so wise and he said, “Well marry me and you’ll find out”. Betty was evidently intrigued as they were married on June 2, 1952, at Our Lady of Good Council Church in Gothenburg. To this union 4 children were born: Michael James, Linda Louise, Steven Scott and Matthew Glen.
Glen and Betty made their home and farmed south of Gothenburg. In 1960 the family moved to northern Colorado. There Glen farmed and taught in the RE-1 Valley School District. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in administration. Glen gave up farming and went into school administration fulltime as a junior high principal in LaSalle, and later the elementary principal in Gilcrest.
In 1967 Glen took his family to Guam on a teacher exchange program. The Weiss family had a rare and amazing experience to live on the small island of Guam and become one of the “locals” for 2 years. Both Glen and Betty believed it was important for their kids to discover another culture and to understand what it was to live as a minority in the community.
Upon returning to Colorado, Glen remained in school administration/teaching until his retirement in 1982, when he and Betty then made their home in Greeley, Colo.
Glen was a devout and faithful Catholic. He and Betty attended St. Mary’s Church in Greeley for many years. They both enjoyed playing cards with friends and family. Glen and his siblings loved to play pitch and were always up for a “spirted” game of cards.
Glen was a devoted father and grandfather and what made him smile the most was spending time with his grandchildren. You could always find him in the garden or in the yard with a grandchild at his side.
Glen is survived by his 4 children, Michael of Hilo, Hawaii, Linda of Denver, Colo., Steve (Susie) of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Matthew (Lorri) of Gothenburg, Neb, 5 grandchildren, Patrick, Heather, Lindsey, Brian and Kelsey and 2 step-grandchildren, Brynn and Ian, and 7 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother Gerald Weiss of Colorado Springs, Colo., his sister Mary Ann Stinnette of Imperial, Neb., sister-in-laws Ardith Clark of North Platte, Neb., and Kay Weiss of North Platte, Neb., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Glen was proceeded in death by his parents, 5 brothers- James (Fay), Irvin (Evelyn), Louis (Jeanette), Leo (Delores) Robert Weiss, sister, Charlotte McNair (Robert), sister-in-law Sue Weiss and brother in laws Verl Stinnette, Roger Clark (Frances), Dale Clark (Betty Lou), and Van Clark and his daughter-in-law, Diane Weiss. Glen was also proceeded in death by his most treasured love, his wife Betty, whom he was married to for 62 years.
Services will be held at the Good Samaritan Society – Bonell Community Chapel at 708 22nd Street, Greeley, CO at 11:00 on Saturday August 18th.
A family service and final burial of both Glen and Betty’s ashes will take place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, NE., at a yet to be determined date later this fall, with full military honors.