Robin Elroy Weddle, age 99 and 11 months of Hatfield, Arkansas died of natural causes on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at his home. He was born on Sunday, May 15, 1921 to James Leo and Vera Elizabeth Miller Weddle in Arthur, Missouri.
He grew up on a farm, met his loving wife, Dorris Pace, while a student at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa and they married in 1940. Taking his outstanding work ethic along, he left the farm and pursued a successful career as a truck driver. His skill earned him first place in the tandem axle trailer class at the 1952 Truck Rodeo and a trip to New York City to compete in the national competition. As a proud member of Teamsters Local 554 in Omaha, Nebraska, he completed a forty-two year career driving over the road and retired as President of Rob's Transfer in Carter Lake, Iowa. He was the recipient of a three million accident-free miles award from the National Safety Council. From his retirement from driving in 1983 until 2012, he continued to work various jobs including hosting at Valentino’s Pizza and operating the breakfast room at the local Country Inns and Suites where he earned over a dozen certificates of commendation for his tireless efforts to provide quality breakfast items in a clean and neat environment for the guests. Upon final retirement at age 91, he moved to Hatfield, Arkansas. He was a chartered member of the Lakeview Bible Church in Carter Lake, Iowa for forty-five years where he was a Sunday school teacher, lay speaker, and chairman of the board. Rob was passionate about serving the Lord throughout his entire life and had a huge servant’s heart, willingly serving many different volunteer organizations including Love Inc., the United Way, and the Nebraska State Patrol’s Metro Area Motorists Assist Program. Since moving to Arkansas in 2012, he has lovingly fostered over 55 puppies for the Humane Society of the Ouachitas. He liked to bowl and was proud of his high score of 269. He was a member of the Retired Teamsters and the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He loved his family, and loved watching them grow. Rob was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, uncle and friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorris Weddle of almost 55 years, his sister Jessie Bryson, and three grandsons, Brian Weddle, Daniel (Carol Jo) Weddle, and Duane Weddle.
Rob is survived by three sons, David Weddle (Sharon) of Woodland Park, Colorado, Philip Weddle (Marcia) of Satellite Beach, Florida, and Timothy Weddle of Hatfield, his former wife, Cynthia Orozco of Omaha, Nebraska, one sister, Francais Weddle of Sebring, Florida; four grandchildren, Lisa Siebert (Chad) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Chris Weddle of Anderson, South Carolina, Eric Weddle (Heidi) of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Todd Weddle (Heather) of Portland, Oregon; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Two Celebrations of Life are scheduled: 10am on April 24, 2021 at Grace Bible Church, Mena, Arkansas and 3pm on May 16, 2021 at Carter Lake United Methodists Church, Carter Lake, Iowa.
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