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Robert Clifford Wherley


Robert Clifford Wherley, 84, died in Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth on Thursday, July 24, 2014, with his family by his side.

Robert "Bob" was born in Duluth Oct. 18, 1929, to Thomas and (Freida Nordstrom) Wherley. Bob grew up and went to school in Duluth. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He married Helen Merrylee Olsen April 15, 1952. For many years Bob worked for the family business, Wherley Mayflower Moving and Storage. In 1964 he took his family on a five-year adventure by purchasing the Siesta Isles Motel and managing a Mayflower moving company in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Moving his family back to Duluth in 1969, he purchased rental properties and the Bratwurst House, currently known as the Chalet Lounge, which is still family owned today.

Bob taught his children the value of hard work but understood there was time for play, too. He continued to work every day right up until the time of his death. He had a deep appreciation for his family and friends, anytime there was an issue he would quietly offer his love and support for the duration. Bob had an easy smile and a conversation for any that would engage him.

Bob will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Helen; children Barb (Chuck) Hakes, Wendy (John) Purdiak, Michael (Jill) Wherley and John (Kim) Wherley; brother Tommy (Paula) Wherley; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Dougherty Funeral Home. Private family service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St., Duluth, MN 55805, (218) 727-3555.