Erwin Weber

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 am Friday, July 19, 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 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the 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 prepared two videos describing the Jenny Lind Chapel which may be viewed at the Chapel Museum in Andover, IL. 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 the 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.

Celebration of the Life of Erwin Weber
11:00 am, Friday, July 19, 2013
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, Illinois

The service begins on page 279 of the red Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) hymnal.

The Prayer
First Reading - Psalm 118
Remembrance - Kai Swanson
Special Music - "On Eagle's Wings"
Second Reading - Romans 1:16-17
Reading - Matthew 16:13-16
Meditation - The Rev. Stacie R. Fidlar, St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island
Special Music - "Amazing Grace"
The Prayers
The Lord's Prayer
The Commendation
The Sending

The committal will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. A luncheon will be served following the committal at St. James Lutheran Church, 3145 31st Ave, Rock Island.

Officiant - The Rev. Stacie R. Fidlar

These photos were provided by Kai Swanson.


Erwin Weber with his students in Passau, Germany in 1983