Louis F. “Louie” Schweiss died on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in St. Louis. He was 90 years old.
He was born February 7, 1929, in River aux Vases, a son of Andrew and Rose (Beyatte) Schweiss.
He was married to Lucille (Flieg) Schweiss on September 26, 1951, and she survives in St. Louis.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by nine children, Carol Emmett and her husband Robert, Elaine Kuhlman and her husband Dave, Marietta Stiebler and her husband Douglas, Nancy Schweiss and her friend John Darmody, Vincent Schweiss and his wife Annette, Michael Schweiss and his wife Rebecca, Linette Schaffer and her husband Brian, Brian Schweiss and his wife Charrine, Denise Ballew and her husband Stephen; one son-in-law, Steve Witeka; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Arlene Long of Parrott, Georgia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Witeka; four brothers, Carl Schweiss, Leonard Schweiss, Adolph Schweiss, Glennon Schweiss; and one sister, Margaret Flieg.
He was proud of his time as a U.S. Marine. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in St. Louis. He made 50 retreats at the White House Retreat Center in St. Louis and was proud of the St. Ignatious statue he received two years ago for his dedication. He was a self-employed cabinet maker and talented woodworker. In his later years, he gave out hundreds of small and large wooden crosses he made by hand.
Funeral Mass was Wednesday, November 20, at St. Francis of Assisi in St. Louis. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with military honors. Fey Funeral Home in St. Louis handled the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi — St. Vincent DePaul Society, American Heart Association or Masses.