|April 17, 1921 - July 15, 2013|
|of Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 - 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL|
|Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2013 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 - 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL|
|Interment: Friday, July 19, 2013 at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island |
| Erwin Weber, 92, of Rock Island, passed away Monday July 15, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rock Island.|
Services are 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 19th, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 – 7th Ave., Rock Island. Burial with military honors, presented by Moline American Legion, Post 246, will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Erwin Weber Scholarship Fund at Augustana College.
Erwin was born April 17, 1921 in Leichlingen, Rheinland, Germany, a son of Hugo W. and Adele Franke Weber. He was married to Barbara Ellsworth for many years.
Erwin was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired as Professor Emeritus of German at Augustana College, Rock Island, where he was a professor from 1962 to 1988. Mr. Weber, in collaboration with Dr. Ingetraut Ludolphy, authored and illustrated the book, “From Luther to 1580- A Pictorial Account”, published by Concordia Publishing House. He also wrote the pamphlet, “Jenny Lind Chapel- Pioneer Church at Andover”, published by the Augustana College Library, and together with Joel Lundeen, the pamphlet “Lutheranism in Illinois 1816 – 1976”, published by the Bicentennial Committee, Illinois Synod, Lutheran Church in America. He also contributed numerous articles published in “The Lutheran Journal”.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rock Island, the Rock Island Moose Lodge, and Davenport Eagles Club. Erwin was an avid photographer, videographer, and talented water color artist. He enjoyed golfing.
Surviving are his sons and spouses, Walter and Diana Weber, Ft. Wayne, IN, and Kurt and Kimberly Weber, Davenport, IA; grandchildren, Ryan (Daisy) Weber, Largo, FL, and Laken Fluegel, Davenport; great-grandchildren, Leo Weber and Solise Weber; and special friend, Gwen Liston, Rock Island.
Erwin was preceded in death by his parents, one son, David Michael Weber, one sister, Annie Weber, and two brothers, Alex Weber and Hugo Weber.
My prayers go out to Gwen Liston and Weber's Family. He meant a lot to our family. I was one of his German students, taking 1st and 2nd year classes and traveling to Germany with him and my fellow college students in 1978 and again with Gwen and our family in 1988. He will be missed.
-- Roberta Stephens, Gwen Liston's daughter
Herr Weber had a very interesting way of teaching- when he walked in you had better be at the board, conjugating verbs or translating text. Great technique- no bell had to start class- you had to be thinking when you walked through the door. I had the honor of joining Web's group in Passau back in '83. What an amazing trip!
-- Nathan Stoffregen
Alan and I have known "Weber" for many years. We enjoyed his Christmas letter every year from him and Gwen. He helped us decide which college our oldest son should go to. A nice caring man. RIP Erwin Weber.
-- Alan & Terry Moore
Who could not learn German with great lines like “The fish arbeiten”, or “Fraulein, what tense are we in? We’re all tense!”. Who knew German could be humorous? Herr Weber had a tremendous influence on my life. He opened my eyes to a world full of different culture and ideas in my 2 trips to Europe. He helped move along the romance to my current spouse. He helped me grow as student and person. He was more than just a professor and mentor. He was a friend. Even though he is gone, he will always live on in my memory.
-- Ron Summers
I always enjoyed my visits with Erwin at St. Anthony's Care and bringing him monthly communion from St.John's. He really appreciated receiving the elements blessed by Pastor Stacey and saying the Lutheran phrases of faith. He could recite them from his heart. I will miss his genial humor or ready smile. May he rest in God's eternal peace. And may He give all his consolation of love and hope.
-- Phillip and Joann Dennis
The world's a lesser place without Weber. I learned more English grammar while studying German under his tutelage than I learned in the previous 12 years of schooling. I'll never forget, "Sit up straight and pay attention!" I am sorry for our loss, but rejoice in the knowledge he finally knows the secret. We'll never forget him.
-- Lynn Owens