Rev. Raymond James “Jim” Weiss

Mar 7th, 1928 - Nov 26th, 2020


Alto Pass Cemetery

Wed, Dec. 2nd, 2020 12:30pm


Alto Pass Cemetery

Wed, Dec. 2nd, 2020 12:30pm

Rev. Raymond James “Jim” Weiss

The Rev. Raymond James Weiss, 92, of Godfrey passed away Thursday, Nov. 26 at Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton. 

He was born March 7, 1928 in Ashley, Illinois, the son of the Rev. Raymond J. “Pete” and Louise (Hamilton) Weiss. He married Lorraine Wilson on Feb. 27, 1947 in Kane. She preceded him in death Feb. 25, 2009. He married Mary Ann Moulton in 2014. She survives. 

Rev. Weiss spent a lifetime as a minister serving United Methodist congregations in Central and Southern Illinois, as well as in Florida. He earned the love and respect of hundreds of parishioners.

Rev. Weiss loved his church, his God and his family. He was always quick with a helping hand and a smile for anyone he met who was in need, even if it meant had to do without. He and his first wife, Lorraine, were a team caring for the members of their churches and in lovingly raising their six children.

A graduate of Carterville High School, he later graduated from McKendree College and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He served Illinois congregations in Buena Vista, Oraville, Harrison, Poplar Ridge, Shobonier, Brighton, East St. Louis, Walnut Grove, Prairie City, Woodhull, Osco, Augusta, Plymouth, Bushnell, Olney, DuQuoin, Elkville, Nashville, Trenton, New Baden, Johnston City, Pittsburg, Equality, Makanda-Oak Grove, Eddyville, Glendale, Taylor, Goreville, Grand Tower, Ware and Jonesboro. He also served Florida churches in Avon Park and Frostproof. 

In addition to his wife Mary Ann, he is survived by six children and their spouses, Dana (Dick) Jumper of Flanigan; Jan (Kevin) Pell of Linden, West Va.; Nancy Weiss-Hayes (Pete Hayes) of Godfrey; Robin (David) Galloway of Marion; Andrea (Clay) Bradley of Marion and James (Maryann) Weiss of Godfrey; grandchildren Neill Weinberg, Charity Weinberg, Callie (Pell) Skinner, Caitlyn Pell, Caleb Pell, Justin Hayes, Ashley (Hayes) Tucker, Ryan Galloway, Carrie (Dhaese) Sevenski, Robert Bradley, Paul Galloway and Shelby Weiss; 10 great grandchildren; niece Jane (Randy) Owen of Saginaw, Mich., nephew Bill (Mary) Weiss of Baltimore, Md. and sister-in-law Stephanie Weiss of Baltimore, Md. 

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, the Rev. Gerald Weiss and a sister, Martha Weiss, two infant grandsons and a niece. 

Graveside services will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Alto Pass Cemetery with Rev. Victor Long officiating. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Preacher’s Aid Society and Benefit Fund; P. O. Box 19207; Springfield, IL 62794-9207.

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9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Leslie and Jeff Somers

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 29, 2020

    Andrea we are sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My goodness the amount of towns he spread the word of Christ in. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Guest: Bill Weiss (nephew)

    From: Baltimore, Maryland

    Date: November 30, 2020

    To the rest of the Weiss Family… condolences from the Baltimore Weiss’s. I will miss the humor and honesty and direct talk of Uncle Jim. I always looked forward to getting some time to speak with him on my visits West and getting his perspective on that moment in time. Love, Bill/Mary and Family

  • Guest: Beth Rodd

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 30, 2020

    He is at rest in the arms of Jesus. He and Rodger had several good discussions on religion
    God bless the Weiss family.

  • Guest: Hyland and Karen E Thomas – Stuart

    From: St. Louis, Missouri, Illinois

    Date: November 30, 2020

    Jim and MaryAnn Weiss our prayers are with you and

    your extended family at this time.

  • Guest: Pooja Mehta

    From: Ballwin, Missouri

    Date: November 30, 2020

    Jim & Maryane – My heartfelt condolences on loss of your dad. My prayers for peace of departed and strength for family will be with you in this difficult time.

  • Guest: JPhelps

    From: Simpson, Illinois

    Date: December 1, 2020

    Mary Ann, So sorry for your loss, he was a wonderful minister and we enjoyed him serving at Glendale. May God bless you and your family. Jerry, Judy and Jay Phelps.

  • Guest: Gordon “Gordy” Smith. D&C

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: December 1, 2020

    My deepest condolences to the Bradleys and the entire family. You are on our thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Don Gladden

    From: Murphysboro, Illinois

    Date: December 3, 2020

    Working with Lorraine in Pinckneyville, and knowing your father, enriched my life. Sorry for your loss, but we’ll all be together once again.

    My God’s peace overwhelm you …

  • Guest: Diana

    From: Marshalltown , Iowa

    Date: December 3, 2020

    I remember joy in his twinkling eyes and his love for his children (and young people, in general.). He was well-versed in Theology, and was Honest and Hardworking, yet, a Jokester, as well.
    I grieve along with his extended family.
    Diana Lynn
    I first met “Uncle” Jim when I was in elementary school.