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WEHR, Richard DR. RICHARD (DICK) WADE WEHR Dr. Richard (Dick) Wade Wehr of Decatur died on December 1, 2011, at the age of 85. Dick was born on December 19, 1925, in Caldwell, Ohio to Jerald Jerome Wehr and Myriel Renner Wehr. Dick graduated from Barnesville High School in Barnesville, Ohio in 1943. He entered the Naval Air Force during which time he attended Indiana State Teachers College, Rice University and St. Mary's College in CA. Dick finally received his BS Degree from Denison University. He received is M.Ed from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ed.D from Florida State Dick played professional basketball for the Indianapolis Jets and the Wheeling Blues of Wheeling, W. VA. In 1950, his educational and coaching career began at Mt. Gilead High School in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where he taught and coached basketball and football. At the college level, he taught and coached tennis, golf and basketball at a number of schools including: W. Liberty College in W. VA, Union University in Jackson, TN and Georgia State University in Atlanta. In 1964, Dr. Wehr came to Atlanta as Chairman of the PE Department at Georgia State University. He coached the GSU Panthers basketball team for 2 years. In 1986, he retired from GSU after 22 years as Professor Emeritus. Predeceased by his parents and his brother, Robert Wehr, survived by his wife of 53 years, Sara (Sally) Henderson Wehr; son Jay and wife Lori of Memphis, TN, son Van and wife Annie of Roswell. He was Grandfather to Tyler, Eva, Jake, Libby and Maggie Wehr. Survived also by brother William Wehr of Sun City, Florida and countless other family and friends who were blessed to know him. In retirement, Dick enjoyed golfing with friends at Druid Hills Golf Club. His membership with Georgia Seniors and Atlanta Seniors took him to many fabulous golf courses. Dick touched the lives of many people with his fun-loving spirit and sense of humor. He loved and was good at many sports. Some of his other interests included: square dancing, fishing, camping, bird watching and traveling with Sally. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 11:00 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1438 Sheridan Road NE, Atlanta where Dick and Sally have been members since 1966. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 5 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at H.M. Patterson and Son, Oglethorpe Hill, 4550 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Camp Westminster, c/o Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 4, 2011
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