Robert 'Bob' Lee Wetherelt


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2003

Soldotna resident Robert "Bob" Lee Wetherelt died Monday, July 14, 2003, of bladder cancer at his home off Funny River Road in Soldotna. He was 65.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Funny River Bible Church in Soldotna. Pastor Joel Poe will officiate.

Mr. Wetherelt was born April 28, 1938, in Broadus, Mont., where he was raised and graduated from high school.

He entered the National Guard of Montana and received an honorable discharge in 1955 and joined the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter. He had a job in Montana breaking horses when he was younger.

He started a career in heavy equipment operating in 1958 and retired from the Operating Engineers Local No. 302 in 1989.

Mr. Wetherelt moved to Anchorage in 1961 and lived there until 1980, when he moved to the Kenai Peninsula, making his home off the Funny River Road.

"Bob enjoyed woodworking, collecting belt buckles, fishing, hunting and working on his boat that he named after his wife, the 'Ebb Tide.' He was a very kind, caring and giving person and was fun to be around. People out Funny River Road knew him best by his wave. He waved at everybody," his family said.

Mr. Wetherelt was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Helene Wetherelt; brothers, Francis and Jim Wetherelt; uncle, Glenn Wetherelt; and nephew, Shane Wetherelt.

He is survived by his wife, Ebba A. Wetherelt of Soldotna; sons, Jim Wetherelt of East Helena, Mont., James Beaver of Anchorage and Roy Beaver of Soldotna; daughters, Patricia Partin of Soldotna and Terry Wetherelt; sisters, Blondy Woolston of Broadus and Mary Howard Smith of Billings, Mont.; grandchildren, Hunter and Tia Wetherelt of East Helena, and Shelly Kalyn and Douglas Beaver and Brandon and Larry Partin, all of Soldotna; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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