Lorraine- The Memorial service for Robert Lee Weikel will be 2 pm Sunday, September 7th at the Lorraine United Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Drake officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Baltimore, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lorraine Methodist Church.
Mr. Weikel, 68 of Co. Rt. 95, Lorraine, passed away September 2, at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.
He was born in Baltimore, MD, a son of Stewart Fredrick Weikel and Helen May Wright Weikel. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1964. He entered the Army in 1966, graduating from OCS as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1967. After OCS, he volunteered for training as an Army aviator and in 1968 graduated from Army helicopter training school. Robert served in Viet Nam from 1968-1969 with the 121st and 336th Assault Helicopter Co’s. He was awarded the Air medal and Bronze Star.
Robert left active duty in 1971 as a Captain after serving 5 years. He spent many years in the Army Reserve units and was promoted to Major in the Reserves in 1982. Robert was placed on the inactive retirement list in 1987.
After leaving active duty, he attended and graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1973 with a BS degree in Aviation Management. He also took graduate courses in business at the University of Maryland, College park, MD. He worked many years as a flight instructor and independent contractor and remodeler. The family moved to Northern New York in 1988. He eventually became a real property assessor, resigning due to ill health.
Robert enjoyed woodworking, golf, American history and aviation.
Robert is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shirley Ann (Macklen) Weikel, Lorraine, NY. A son Christopher Stewart Weikel and his wife Yuko and two daughters Kiki and Ruby of Kobe, Japan. A daughter Amanda Lee Weikel Osborne and her husband Stephen of Baltimore, MD. A brother, John Weikel, his wife Lisa, and his children Allison (Matt) Swift and Graham (Marysol) Weikel, MD. A sister, Mary Joan Arnold, her husband, Edward, and their children, Paula (Joseph) Kerger, Washington, DC, Edward (Nataly) Arnold, MD, Byron (Linda) Arnold, MD. He is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are with Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Inc.
Condolences may be made online at www.carpenterstoodley.com.