Donald Raymond Weiss (Don) was born on Dec 28th, 1946 in Cincinnati Ohio to Ralph and Julia (Ostendorf) Weiss.Don is an identical twin, brother Ronald Ralph Weiss(Okeana, Ohio).Don’s parents loved the boys and raised them to respect others, work and play fair.
Don grew up in a country setting on Hubble Road, in White Oaks Cincinnati. Don was raised in the catholic faith.He graduated from Colerain High school. Don added to his education at the Community College in Cincinnati, Ohio and many CEU courses and management seminars.Don lived in the Cincinnati, Ohio area for the first 32 years of his life.He spent most of his career in management with the foods and beverage industry. First with Pepsi Cola, then accepting a position with Coca-Cola Bottlers in Wisconsin, and later accepting a management position with Conagra Foods and relocating to Indiana.In the summer of 1983, in Dayton, Ohio, Don and Kathy (Billie Katherine Coleman) said their marriage vows before God, family and friends. They shared 38 years together, working to build the life they loved for themselves and their children.Don and Kathy started their marriage with children, Jeffrey Weiss, Joseph Weiss, Robin Haskins, Gena Roberts, Jonathan Weiss, Jennifer Weiss and Julie Weiss. The Weiss Home, was filled with love, laughter and the changes and challenges of a blended family. Don had the opportunity to be a loving Grandpa to his 6 grandchildren, Ethan Haskins, Austin Siikarla, Haley Haskins, Mckenna Haskins, Dylan Roberts and Nathan Roberts. He was also very fond of his grand dog BB. Don shared in every aspect of each of their lives and was the typical Grandpa with bragging rights to each of their accomplishments and a secure sturdy advisor when they needed it. (even if not solicited)
Don enjoyed fishing. He especially enjoyed his fishing days at Waveland Lake with his best friend Al Fields. Don liked to garden, can and cook . Don and Al for several years cooked and coordinated all of the funeral dinners at Hope Community Church and the Men’s Fellowship Breakfasts. Don and Al had a priceless friendship, those who witnessed the bonding and interactions in the friendship nicknamed the two of them, The Grumpy Old Men. (like the movie) Don shared a very special friendship with Rick Urban, Rick called Don “Dad” and Don looked at Rick as a son. Don made the best Salsa in Indiana. The medical team at The Community North Surgery Center always looked forward to Don’s homemade salsa on pitch in days. The freezer and storage pantry were always kept well stocked with fruit from his orchard and vegetables from his garden. Don and Al and few others from Hope Community had a garden grown with the purpose of sharing produce with those unable to raise a garden.Don enjoyed hunting and woodworking. Making cradles for his grandchildren and beds for his daughters. Don built the stalls for his wife, Kathy’s horses and his horse Rebound.
Don enjoyed restoring horse buggies and driving his mare Bella, in the surrey on Sunday afternoons.Don was a man with great knowledge and the ability to repair or make anything.Don enjoyed hunting, target practice, watching football and Live PD. Don, raised hunting dogs in his earlier adult life. Don, recently said goodbye to his Buddy, Gizmo, who was his faithful companion for 13 years. His new buddy, Speedy misses him each day. Don established his own club called The Men’s Club. To be a member one must be male or canine, like to eat peanuts, cashews, pringles, trail mix and watch TV. Charter members were Don, his sons Joseph and Jeffrey, grandson Ethan, and his Buddies, Gizmo and Speedy.
Those who love and know Don best found Don’s sense of humor and poetry that he recited to bring laughter at all fun occasions.Don was faithful in his attendance at Hope Community Church. Don worshipped God and Shared a walk with Him daily. Don went to reside in a heavenly mansion designed just for him on Dec 26th. Don’s relocation to heaven from earth has left a void in the lives of all those who love him but we are holding tight to the promise that we will see him again.
Waiting here on earth until together again forever is his wife Kathy, daughters Robin Haskins, Gena Roberts, sister in law Sherry K. Jones, brother Ron Weiss, sister in law, Ann Seta Weiss. grandchildren, Ethan, Austin,(Katie) Haley,(Kyle) McKenna,(Grant) Nathan and Dylan, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
We will celebrate Don’s life lived here on earth at 3:00 PM on Saturday, Jan 11, 2020, at Hope Community Church, 665 W. 375 N., Lebanon, Indiana . The celebration will start at 2:00 PM with a time of visitation, and then the service to honor Don and share precious memories will begin at 3:00 PM. There will be a dinner provided by Hope Community Church following the service for family and close friends. Memorial contributions in Don’s honor may be made to Hope Community Building Fund or Hope Community Church Teen Group, 665 W. 375 N., Lebanon, IN 46052.