Denis A. Weiss

Died Dec. 3, 2018


Denis Anthony Weiss, 76, passed away peacefully Dec. 3, 2018, at the Villa at Rose City while surrounded by his friends and family.

Denny was born July 25, 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of William and Mary Weiss. Denny and Joan were high school sweethearts, and they married Sept. 1, 1962. Denny earned multiple degrees in engineering and business administration from the General Motors Institute, University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University. He spent his career in the manufacturing industry, holding high-level positions in companies such as Rockwell International, Crown Leisure Products, Huffy Bicycles, and Kirby Industries. Denny and his family finally settled down at Taylor Door in West Branch, where he and his wife Joan retired at their residence on Lake Ogemaw. After retirement, Denny began teaching at Kirtland and Baker colleges, and he performed management consulting services as well.

Denny had many interests in life, but his greatest passion was aviation. Denny obtained his private pilot’s license in 1997, and he proceeded to build his own airplane from the ground up. Denny was also heavily involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association chapter at the Ogemaw County Airport, he shared his love of aviation by flying members of the Young Eagles Association, and he simply loved flying around the skies of Northern Michigan with his wife Joan.

Denny was a role model for his family, a pillar of the West Branch community and he touched many, many lives in his earthly pursuits. His loss will be felt by many, and he will be remembered in the hearts of his loved ones for eternity.

He will be remembered by his brother, Bill Weiss; as well as his children, Eric (Eman) Weiss, Alan (Lynn) Weiss and Lori (Jeff) Esper; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his dog, Hoss.

Denis was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary; his brother, Dick; his son, Mark; and his beloved wife, Joan.

Visitation will be held at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, from 3-9 p.m. The memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Deacon Glen Painter will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Heartland Hospice, so it can provide the same wonderful services to others in their final days as it did for Denny. Online condolences can be shared at


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