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The Rev. Robert Wollenweber passed away peacefully at home Oct. 21. He was born May 24, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Frederick and Helen Wollenweber.
Following service in the Marines in WWII, he attended Houghton College (NY), where he was named 1991 Alumnus of the Year, and Gordon Conwell Seminary (Massachusetts). In 1949, he married Wilma Lange and they had: three children, Elizabeth, Faith and Mark; seven grandchildren, Benjamin, David, Jonathan, Elinor, Matthew, Nathan and Jack; and two great-grandchildren, Mallie and Nathanael.
Bob pastored churches in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Illinois. He served in Quito, Ecuador, in radio and TV ministry; was executive director of Chapel of the Air in Wheaton, Illinois; and was area director for Prison Fellowship in Connecticut and Rhode Island. In 2000, he and Wilma went to Zambia for a short term to teach in a Bible College. They retired to Brevard, North Carolina, in 1992 and then moved to St. Andrews Retirement Community in Richmond in 2011.
A memorial service will be held at Richmond FUMC on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. Memorial gifts may be directed to FUMC or to I Teams at 411 River Road, Elgin, IL 60123 or Give.iteams.US and marked for Anti-Human Trafficking in honor of Bob Wollenweber.
Published on October 26, 2016
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