Robert Jay Werbelow, age 85, of Greybull, Wyoming passed away Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin.
Robert Jay Werbelow was born May 18, 1928, in Greybull, the son of William and Ruth Wamhoff Werbelow. He grew up in Emblem, attended the West Emblem grade school and in 1966 Robert received his GED diploma.
Robert was baptized June 10, 1928, and confirmed May 24, 1942, at Zion Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Emblem. He was a faithful servant to his church where he served as an elder for several years. He also served on the Emblem School Board for several terms.
Robert married Martha Link August 3, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church, Emblem. They had three daughters: Cynthia, Christine and Julie. Last August they celebrated 60 years of marriage.
In 1987, when illness prevented Robert from taking care of his farm and cattle, he retired. The farm was sold in 1993 and they moved to Greybull.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, puzzles, crossword puzzles and reading. He and Martha also enjoyed traveling as much as they were able, health permitting.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Lester, Louis and Vern.
He is survived by his wife Martha of Greybull; daughters Cynthia Werbelow of Aurora, Colo., Christine (LeRoy) Klitzke of Greybull and Julie (Ralph) Valenzuela of Tempe, Ariz.; five grandchildren, LeAnn (Ray) Frazier of Greybull, Robert (Kim) Klitzke of Greybull, Jessica (Harry) Pearson of Minneapolis, J.J. (Diana) Valenzuela of Tucson, Ariz. and Leah Valenzuela of Chandler, Ariz.; eight great-grandchildren, Austin and Trenton Frazier, Hannah and Mackenzie Klitzke, Daniel, Anais, Joseph and Adele Valenzuela and by many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, July 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem with Pastor Jais H. Tinglund officiating. Burial will follow at the Emblem Cemetery.
Memorials in Robert’s name can be sent to Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426 with proceeds to go to the Zion Lutheran Church, Emblem.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.