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Robert B. Wehrle

October 29, 1923 - August 18, 2017

Robert B. Wehrle, age 94, a resident of Downers Grove, IL since 1951, formerly of Elgin, IL, passed away, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Hospital of Naperville.  He was born October 29, 1923 in Elgin, IL to Leonard and Dorothy (nee Holcomb) Wehrle.  Robert is survived by his son, Bruce and his wife, Meridith Wehrle of Katy, TX, brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Martha Wehrle of Hamilton, OH; several nieces and nephews also survive.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Dorothy, and beloved spouse of 68 years, Mary J. Wehrle.  Robert was a Navy veteran of WW II, serving in Guam.  He worked at Argonne National Laboratory for 40 years as a draftsman, mechanical engineer, and physicist.  Bob was a true life-long learner, and renewed his Professional Engineer license at the age of 76 “just in case he needed to go to work again”.  Bob believed Albert Einstein did not go far enough with his theory of General Relativity and studied his papers long after he retired from Argonne.  He loved to watch Sherlock Holmes and eat popcorn in the evening before dozing off in his recliner.   Bob was a wonderful storyteller.  His eyes lit up when he spoke of how he met Mary at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and the time she shocked him by hitting a baseball way over his head – much to the delight of her parents and brother in Southern Illinois.  Together, Bob and Mary built the home they shared for 64 years of their marriage.  Bob was a true gentleman and always treated others with kindness and respect.  He was a dedicated and loving husband to Mary and father to Bruce.  Bob was a planner and left this world knowing all his affairs were in order.  When he passed, Bob was at peace with his life and ready to join Mary for eternity.

Funeral Information

Funeral Service, Saturday, August 26, 2017, 11:00 AM at Parker-Reedy Funeral Home, 604 W. Main Street, West Frankfort, IL  62896, (618) 932-6500,  Interment to follow at Tower Heights Cemetery, West Frankfort, IL.  Local arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL.  

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