Leroy "Peanuts" Wehrle
Funeral services for Leroy "Peanuts" Wehrle, 85, of Norfolk, formerly of Madison, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 14, 2014, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison. Reverend Cynthia Stewart will officiate. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery at Madison with military rites rendered by American Legion Post 35, VFW Post 5763 and the Air Force Honor Guard. Visitations will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Home for Funerals in Norfolk.
Mr. Wehrle died at the Norfolk Veteran's Home February 11, 2014.
Leroy was born on October 16, 1928, in Madison, Nebraska, the youngest son of Alfred Sr. and Grace (Kohl) Wehrle. He graduated from Madison High in 1947. During high school, he participated in many different sports, a love he continued throughout his life.
After graduation, he worked with his father and two uncles in the masonry business. On February 17, 1949, Leroy enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his four years of air-sea rescue service, he, along with his dog racing team, represented the United States at several worldwide dog sled races. He earned his honorable discharge on October 16, 1952.
Following his military service, Leroy joined his brother Alfred Jr., in Lincoln, NE, where they worked in the masonry business.
In May of 1951, Leroy married Lila Hubbard, from this union, one son, Michael, was born. The couple later divorced. On November 28, 1953, Leroy married Betty Wolske in Lincoln. They moved to Madison in 1960. He continued working in the masonry business. He worked for masonry union on such jobs as: Wayne State College dormitories and Sherwood Medical-then the Rohr Plant. After two years of union trade, he and his brother formed Wehrle Bros. Construction. Following his retirement from masonry work in 1988, Leroy worked for the Norfolk Country Club and Taylor Creek Golf Course in Madison.
Leroy loved playing golf, bowling, fishing, camping and playing cards. He was devoted to his wife and his passion was spending time with his family. They frequently made weekend trips to go fishing. He was well known for telling stories and sharing a joke or pulling a prank on a friend.
Peanuts is survived by his children: Michael and Monica Harney, of Clarkson, Kelly and Kay Wehrle, of Madison, Karen and Denny Tilton, of Crofton, and Roger and Denise Wehrle, of Blair; 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Scott David, his wife, Betty, his brother, Alfred Jr., and a great grandchild, Keigan.