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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Robert J.G. Whelpley of Sun City West, Arizona; Wellsville Native

WELLSVILLE —On Dec. 25, 2011, Robert J.G. Whelpley of Sun City West, Arizona, was called to the Lord’s house after a brief illness. His wife and daughter were with him at the time of his death.

Robert was born on Nov. 5, 1929, to William and Marion (Senft) Whelpley in Wellsville. He graduated from Wellsville High School. On Nov. 11, 1950 he married Agatha Wasserloos (Bunny), who survives him.

Bob’s interest in agriculture and hard work ethic led him to start farming on Voorhees Hill in Wellsville while still in high school.

Also, he was honored with many Future Farmer awards and was recognized nationally by the American Agriculturalist as “American Farmer of the Year.”

After graduation, he became a dairy farmer on Trapping Brook Road in Andover, where he and Bunny would start a family. He went to work for Paul Culbert and Sons for several years and then purchased the John Deere dealership in 1958. He owned and operated Whelpley Implement Company in Wellsville until 1982, when he sold the business and retired. Mr. and Mrs. Whelpley officially relocated to Sun City West in 1988 and enjoyed many wonderful days with their new friends.

Bob was an individual who did not make public showings of his compassion but preferred to do his good deeds in private. He loaned people equipment and tools they needed in an emergency. He gave to individuals and organizations to help them, always without the desire for recognition.
Bob and Bunny attended church regularly, first at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellsville, and for many years at the Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, Ariz.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Bunny; sons, Dr. Robert (Joan) Whelpley of Almond, Dennis (Deborah) Whelpley of Sackets Harbor, John (Karen) Whelpley of Olean and their daughter Dr. Janet Whelpley of Syracuse. Bob also has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, William Whelpley, and a son, David Whelpley.

There will be no visitation and a private family service will be scheduled later at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International or the Salvation Army.

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