Robert Dean Wehe
Robert Dean Wehe was born in Lindsay, California on April 16, 1943 and passed away on December 24th, 2015 in Reno, Nevada. The only son of Everett and Juanita Wehe, Robert entered into military service after high school and was stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas from Oct.27, 1959 to March 6, 1963. He was an airman third class in the Air Force and honorably discharged. During this time he completed his education in electronics.
Robert was married to Judith Hartley, with whom he had his daughter Wendy Joy in 1973.
Robert, Bob as he was known by his family, friends and colleagues, was the CEO of several successful microwave electronic corporations in Santa Clara, California, including SST and Modco Incorporated in Sparks, Nevada. He received a commendation by President Bill Clinton with an award recognizing his contributions to NASA and the International Space Program. Bob was intrinsic in the pioneering of microwave technology in Silicon Valley during the late 60’s through 1987.
Bob enjoyed everything from the 50’s. The music and restoring classic cars. He enjoyed flying in his vintage Piper Cub single-engine airplane as well. He was also a musician and played jazz and rock guitar. Outside of work, flying was his passion. He held his solo and commercial pilots license and built a hang glider which he flew often when younger. He loved frequently taking his grandchildren out to the movies.
He was a kind, generous, quiet and private man with a great dedication and loyalty to his work and family. His smile and wonderful sense of humor is only a part of what will be missed about him so much.
He is survived by his child Wendy Wehe-Ballone, his two grandchildren Kyle and Alina Ballone and his mother Juanita Krell. He was much loved and will be greatly missed by his daughter, grandchildren, family, friends, colleagues and co workers.