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Robert Weichert
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Robert Neil Weichert, 95, died Wednesday, Nov. 30 at his Waterford home with three of his children at his side.

He was born in Morgan Hill. His family moved to the Modesto area when he was two years old. He attended elementary school and two years of high school in Escalon. His family moved to Waterford in 1931 and he graduated from Oakdale High School in 1933. He then attended Modesto Junior College and later graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. degree. He then obtained his high school teaching credential and taught high school in McArthur, and also in Sonoma County where he was also a teaching principal.

Mr. Weichert was drafted into the Army in 1944 and served for 17 months. After he returned in 1946, he taught at McClatchey High in Sacramento. At the end of the semester he accepted an offer to return to Oakdale as a math and PE teacher. In Oakdale, over the course of 35 years, he was a teacher, coach, bus driver, and a counselor. He retired in 1981.

He loved his students and believed every child was unique, encouraging each to be their best self and to accomplish realistic goals.

The family thanks Community Hospice for support during the past months, and the caregivers Karen, Marlene, Candice and Rowland.

He is survived by his children, James D. (Connie) Weichert of Sacramento, Susan L. Weichert of Waterford, Mary Jean (Bill) Roeber of Hanford, Janet (Keith) Redenbaugh of Davis, Rob (Jill) Weichert of Waterford; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 71 years, Dorothy Weichert; and his parents, Ralph and Edna Weichert.

A viewing and visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at Franklin & Downs Colonial Chapel at 12th and G Street, Modesto. A private burial will be Saturday, Dec. 10 at Lakewood Memorial Park. A memorial service for all who wish to pay their respects will be at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 at Community Baptist Church at Main and D Street, Waterford.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Dec. 7, 2011