Robert (Bob) George Weilbacher, a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps for over 22 years, passed away peacefully November 22, 2021, surrounded by his daughters.
Bob was born September 29, 1930, to Sue and George Weilbacher. Bob grew up in East St. Louis, Il. and attended Holy Angels Catholic School where he was an altar boy. He shared many happy stories of growing up with his brother Floyd T. Parks and sister Jean (Weilbacher) Prokopf. Bob graduated from East St. Louis High School.
After graduation Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. Master Sergeant Weilbacher’s personnel awards include National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Unit /Commendation Ribbon, USMC Rifle and Pistol Badges - Sharpshooter, Republic of Korea President Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, and Good Conduct Medals (8). Bob also participated in combat tours in Korea and Vietnam. In 1970 MSgt. Weilbacher reported to duty at El Toro Marine Base, Irvine, Ca., MAG-16, where he eventually retired. The family settled in the city of Orange, Ca. and resided there for over 50 years. After retirement he was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Fleet Reserve Association. He received a Quilt of Valor in September 2019.
After retirement from USMC Bob continued to work as a Wells Fargo Security Guard, at California State University, Fullerton, as the Mailroom Supervisor, and lastly at TRW.
Bob met his wife while bowling in Chicago, Il. Bob and Betty were married June 23, 1956. During his military service Betty, her mother and four daughters moved to many military installations including East St. Louis, Il., Chicago, Il., Norfolk, VA., Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, Quantico, VA., Arlington, VA., Belleville, Il., and El Toro, CA.
He was active with his children and his grandchildren. His daughters, grandchildren, and friend have fond memories of Bob attending many of their school events, sports, scouts, and dances.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, his parents, and siblings. Bob is survived by his four daughters Susan Weilbacher, Carolyn (Weilbacher) Ortiz, Catherine (Weilbacher) Graham, Elizabeth (Weilbacher) Grace, and six grandchildren.