On December 21, 2017, Robert James Weidlich departed this world to join his Lord and Savior and the love of his life, Mabel Linger See Weidlich in heaven, while he was surrounded by his daughters.
He was born to John Edward Weidlich and Catherine Minor Weidlich on September 9, 1925. He was one of five children, siblings including brothers, Jack Weidlich, Dick Weidlich, Bill Weidlich, Art Weidlich and sister Mary Weidlich Myers. At 92, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He graduated from Walkersville High School, and was voted “best dressed” of his senior class. Later he attended Morris Harvey College, Charleston, WV.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946.
Following his return from military service, he married Mabel Linger See on June 12, 1946.
After his return home from the service, he went into the poultry business with his father, quickly branching out to an independent chicken processing business, creating Bob Weidlich, Inc. in the late 40s through the early 60s. He then developed Mountain State Eggs, Inc, and then an African violet business, shipping African violets over the eastern United States.
Always a self employed individual, in 1962, he became an independent broker through the 90s. He then turned to real estate, developing the Oaks complex in Charleston.
He also founded and served as first principal of Living Word Christian School in Charleston.
Early in life, he accepted the Lord as his Savior. Before he was a licensed driver, walking from his home on Route 19, to Crawford to church, approximately a four mile trek.
Throughout his adult life, he served as Sunday School teacher and in numerous other roles. He maintained a full belief in the Holy Bible. He was one of the individuals instrumental in the construction of the Vandalia Methodist Church in the early 60s.
He participated in Mission trips to Chili, Peru, and Equador in the 70s.
He was an accomplished leather craftsman. His varied interests included fishing. He especially loved fly fishing. He was known for raising huge gardens, with his wife canning many vegetables and fruits. Family and neighbors were recipients of veggies and fruits. He enjoyed traveling, reading, and hunting. He never met a stranger, talking to everyone he met.
He is survived by his three daughters; Judy Mulkey and husband, Larry, Bluefield, Va. : Bobbie Parker and husband John, Charleston, WV and Mabel Ann Greer and husband David, Greenbank, WV and three grandchildren.
Services were conducted on December 26, 2017, with interment at Weston Masonic Cemetery. Lewis County Honor Guard provided Military services. Family is being served by Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, WV.