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Robert Arthur Weinert

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Robert Arthur Weinert Obituary
Robert "Bob" Arthur Weinert, Esq., of Allentown, passed away on September 8, 2018 in his home at the age of 88. He was the oldest practicing lawyer in Lehigh County, an expert on the Pennsylvania constitution and the formal law-making process, a world traveler, and the patriarch of a family of doctors, engineers, scientists, lawyers, educators, social workers, and other professions spread across the United States. Bob was born in Hazleton, PA on September 19, 1929 to Dr. Arthur Weinert and Jeanette (Kirkwood) Weinert. Living in the Poconos near Lily Lake as a child during the Depression shaped his lifelong commitment to helping others, equality under the law, and thriftiness. Bob graduated from Allentown High School in 1947, and his education continued at Muhlenberg College. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in government with a minor in history. He was a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, on whose Board of Directors he later served for many years. He was torn between two career choices: diplomacy and law. He chose the latter, getting his Juris Doctor from Dickinson School of Law. He served in the United States Army in the Counter-Intelligence Corps as a special agent. He formally began his legal career in 1956 with his mentor, Linn H. Schantz. He moved into an office with Mr. Schantz and his future partner, Ted Gillespie, at 5th and Hamilton Streets in downtown Allentown, where he continued to work from the same building for the next 60 years. Additionally, he was a lawyer for the Legislative Reference Bureau for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. This bureau worked with legislators to translate policy ideas into final laws. He eventually became the bureau's Senior Attorney. He also served as a staffer for the revamping of the state Constitution in 1967-68 and as assistant to Governor Scranton during the process of remapping the state's Congressional and legislative districts. He also served for many years as chief counsel for associations of county officials, including Sheriffs, Coroners, Registers of Wills, Prothonotaries, and Recorder of Deeds. He served as President of the Lehigh County Bar Association, a member of the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the local bar association's committee for providing free legal service to the poor. He was a long time member of Christ Lutheran Church. He travelled to 43 states and 40 countries on three continents. But, the most important to him, was the opportunity to spend time with his extended family. Nothing meant more to him than cocktails and discussions over dinner with his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren. He and his then wife, Ann Lois Regan, were the parents of four sons, and he loved as daughters the women they married. They are Kirk Weinert and Christine Wood, of Denver; Scott and Kathi Jo Burker-Weinert of South Whitehall Twshp; Dr. Craig Weinert and Dr. Marjorie Soper, of Edina, MN; and Todd Weinert, of Marietta, GA. Other survivors include his grandchildren: Andrew Weinert, Dr. Alexander Weinert, Michael Weinert, Esq., Sasha Soper Weinert, Katrina Soper Weinert, Zachary Weinert, Lindsay Weinert, and Vienne Weinert Wood; and one great grandson, Myles Weinert; sister Phyllis Waters Webb; nieces and nephew. Services will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 1629 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA 18104. Calling hour will be 10:00-11:00 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Allentown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a .
Published in Morning Call on Sept. 9, 2018
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