Harry George Weissenberger Sr. was born August 20, 1928, in Berlin, Germany. He passed away May 30, 2017, at the age of 88, after a short illness. He was the son of Dr. Georg Weissenberger and Gabriela Hochberg Weissenberger, of Vienna, Austria. He grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, and immigrated to the United States in 1947. He became a citizen in 1951.
In 1950 Harry married Margaret Ann Looper, of Dalton, Ga. They had three children.
Harry earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University. He worked for the U.S. Patent Office, in Washington, D.C., as a patent attorney while obtaining a Master of Law at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. He was licensed to practice law in Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, California and Texas, and was listed in Who's Who in America.
Harry served as Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. He settled in California, where he practiced as a partner in a law firm for 40 years.
Following the death of his wife Margaret, Harry continued his patent practice, but eventually moved it to Carthage, Mo., where he met Jacquelyn Rush, to whom he had been happily married since 2007.
Harry was involved in numerous volunteer organizations, including: The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he became Flotilla Commander, in Shell Knob, Mo. The Rotary Club, where he served as president. The First Presbyterian Church, of Concord, Calif., where he served as an elder. Sutton Sign Writing (a non-profit organization that pioneered a written sign language), where he served as director. Mercy McCune Brooks Hospital, in Carthage, where he and Jacquie served for many years as front desk ambassadors and were named Front Desk Ambassadors of the Year in 2012.
Harry and Jacquie have been long-time members of the First United Methodist Church, of Carthage.
Harry performed in a number of stage productions at Stones Throw Dinner Theatre, in Carthage, including, 'Twelve Angry Men', 'To Kill a Mockingbird', 'A Merry Old Christmas', 'Miracle on 34th Street', and 'Inherit the Wind'.
Harry is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Rush Weissenberger; his daughter, Carol (Mark) Schlicht; son, Harry George (Cindy) Weissenberger Jr., son, Bruce Lee (Mary) Weissenberger; and grandchildren, Elizabeth and Robert Schlicht and Harrison Weissenberger.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, of Carthage, on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Method Church Pastor's Discretionary Fund, the Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, or the American Cancer Society.
Published on June 1, 2017