Robert A. Weller
May 23, 1921 – February 17, 2014
Robert Anthony Weller passed away on Monday, February 17th 2014 at the age of 92. Robert, known to his friends and family as “Bob”, was the fourth child of Clarence and Bertha Weller. He joined his sister Margaret, brothers Ed and Bill on May 23rd 1921 at the family home in Everett, Washington. Raised in Everett, he attended Everett High School and graduated in 1939. In 1942, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. Bob was a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class and was awarded various medals for his service. After his honorable discharge in 1945, he attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1947 and returned to Everett to work at Solie Funeral Home. At a New Year’s Eve celebration Bob met his wife Irene and the two married on April 3, 1948. In 1961 the family moved to Arlington where he managed Solie Funeral Home which he later purchased and is now Weller Funeral Home. In Arlington, Bob found a place to raise his family, own a business and discovered a community he loved. He was an active member of the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department, Civil Service Commission, Cemetery Board, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Officer of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Stillaguamish Senior Center, Church Council Member, President of the Kiwanis Club, Officer and member of the Knights of Columbus, member of the Financial Oversight Committee for Arlington High School, City Councilman and Arlington Airport Commissioner. Bob was awarded a lifetime membership to American Legion’s Post 76 and was voted ‘Man of the Year” by The Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Bob was a Rotarian for many years and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 1985 by his fellow Arlington Rotarians. Bob was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, Walla Walla. Bob and Irene enjoyed couple’s bridge, golfing and spending time at the family’s summer home on Totem Beach. He loved traveling with his friends and family and made many trips abroad. His great love was fishing and boating. He made many fishing trips to Alaska with his buddies and had grand tales of those trips, and he always filled the family freezer with Halibut. Avid sports fans Bob and Irene enjoyed being season ticket holders to the Washington Huskies, Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Supersonics. Bob’s enthusiasm, compassion, and years of service provided an opportunity to touch the hearts of countless people and connect with friends far and wide. His vivacious personality and quick witted humor made an impression on everyone he met. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Bob preceded his loving wife, Irene of Walla Walla, of 65 years by 18 days. He is survived by his children, Tony, of Port Ludlow, Washington, Patrick, of Los Angeles, California and Mary Wollmuth, of Waitsburg, grandchildren, Christine, of Austin, Texas and Mollie, of Dubai, UAE and great-grandson, Karsten, of Austin, Texas, son-in-law, Duane Wollmuth, beloved brother Joe Weller, sister-in-law Mary and brother-in-law Ross and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Bill & Ed Weller; 1 sister, Margaret Reinhart; 3 sisters-in-law, Ann Weller, Eve Weller & Dede Weller & 2 brothers-in-law, Steve Michaud and Jim Volk. Rosary Services will be 7pm, Sunday, March 16th at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home Walla Walla, Washington. Funeral Mass, 1pm, on Monday, March 17th, at Assumption Parish Walla Walla, Washington. Burial will be at the Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Washington on Wednesday, March 19th at 10am. There will be a reception at Glen Eagle following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or Walla Walla Catholic Schools, through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.
Arrangements under the direction of Weller Funeral Home, Arlington, WA.
- Rosary Service Sunday, March 16, 2014
- Funeral Mass Monday, March 17, 2014
- Graveside Service Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Robert A. Weller
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April 10, 2014
I remember Bob and Irene from their visits out to Tulalip Beach where my folks, Stan and Virginia Schaefer, had a little beach house. I'd like to extend my sympathy to the whole family Weller family. My Auntie Jewel Beatty let me know about Bob and Irene's passing and I'll forward this onto my brothers, Jack and Steven Schaefer.
March 17, 2014
Bob was a true gentleman and a great person to be associated with on committees, etc. When he and Irene left Arlington, he left a void yet to be filled.
Three Rivers Winery
March 14, 2014
We have such fond memories of Bob & Irene visiting the winery. We enjoyed their enthusiastic visits. Our thoughts are with the Wollmuth and Weller families. Holly, Andy & Amy
March 13, 2014
You will be so very missed but never forgotten. Love you always. Ross and Mary
March 12, 2014
I spent many a lunch hour around the "round table" at Weller's with Bob and other community leaders. Bob stood out as the most gentle and good-humored man. Although I didn't interact as much with Irene, they were both "good people", as so many of the Greatest Generation were. Condolences to their families.
March 12, 2014
I was sorry to hear that Bob & Irene had both passed away. Bob called me a few months ago after my husband, Jim, passed away. They had been friends for many years. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family.
March 12, 2014
I was saddened to read of Bob and Irene's passing and extend my deepest sympathy with the loss of both.
I had the pleasure of working with Bob in his post-retirement years aboard the CareVan. I thoroughly enjoyed our treks around the county and beyond for the two years that the CareVan project was in service. Bob wheeled that 33 foot mobile vision/health screening van through many a tight spot! He was wonderful with the visitors and quickly put them to ease with his humor. Those were very memorable years. I had the pleasure of meeting Irene and Tony during those years. I also knew about Mary, as my sister worked in the travel business with Mary many years ago. Bob always fondly spoke of their children.
My fondest memory of Bob centered around an incident aboard the CareVan. Bob & Irene were soon to take a trip abroad. They both were so excited about the trip. A couple days before their adventure was to start, Bob & I were preparing to fix a strip of counter laminate that needed a bit of glue. Bob brought in some of his "special heavy duty" glue for the repair. The project turned messy and Bob & I became inseparable with fingers connected. Bob joked that he wasn't sure what Irene would think about me joining them on their trip! Fortunately, we were able to dissolve the glue and were left with raw fingers and a good story. Bob & Irene went on that adventure and very much enjoyed their trip.
There are so many fond "Bob" memories that I have cherished in the years since. I feel blessed and fortunate to have had Bob as a co-worker and friend.
March 12, 2014
The Marines and Corpsmen of the Pierce County Detachment #504 Marine Corps League, Share in Your Loss. Rest in Peace Doc, Semper Fi!