Robert F. Wempa, age 81, of Irving, Texas, born January 13, 1933 in Nanticoke, PA and passed away on December 3, 2014 from the effects of Post-Polio Syndrome. Bob was a devoted son to Stanley and Helen Wempa whom precede him in death. He graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree from The Citadel Military College in Charleston, SC, in 1955. While serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army in the Korean War, Bob contracted Bulbar Polio. Upon being airlifted out of Korea (once strapped to the outside of a helicopter… much to his chagrin!), Bob spent one year and one month at Valley Forge Army Hospital, PA. Bob’s work ethic was never compromised by polio, and he had a distinguished career. He worked many years with Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) as an engineer and salesman. In the late 1980’s, he pursued a career off the beaten path. He bought a semi-truck and Trailer Express, Inc. was born. It grew to 5 trucks and drivers. Bob is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Linda Wempa. He and Linda would have celebrated 50 years of marriage before her death in 2012. Bob will be truly missed by his son, Brian, his wife Carolyn and their sons, Brock and Bryce of Royse City, TX; his son, Brad of Lebanon, OH; his son, Jeff, and his long-time girlfriend Carol and Jeff’s son, Jakob of Mansfield, TX; his daughter, Tracie Hilst and her husband Kevin, and their daughter, Langston of Mason, OH; his brother, James Wempa and his wife Marilyn of Monroeville, PA. We’d like to thank our brother, Jeff, for the incredible amount of time, and his unwavering, selfless devotion to our father and his care over the last 2 years. Bob should be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, his dry sense of humor, his vast knowledge of the political characters, his savvy entrepreneurial skills, and his passion for studying the stock market. Visitation to begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home followed by funeral service at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.
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