May 7, 1939 ~ June 24, 2020

Born in: Copley, OH
Resided in: Copley, OH

On June 24, 2020, Robert L Wenhart, aka “Bob” “Tractor Bob” found peace. Bob overcame Polio as a child and learned to walk again. In his teens, Bob was shot in the legs in a hunting accident, and learned to walk again. While in his early 20’s, Bob broke his neck while serving in the Air Force in Libya. Dad was finally taken down by Alzheimer’s Disease.

Bob grew up in Copley and attended Copley High School. He met his wife Bea in 1963 while she was babysitting for mutual friends and told her he was going to marry her someday. They were married on November 20, 1965. Their son Robert was born in 1966 and daughter Barbara followed in 1967. Dad loved racing his stock car at Barberton Speedway as part of the Bob/George Racing Team. When he wasn’t racing, he was bowling with Mom in the Saturday Suburban Bowling League.

Dad supported his family by working at Medvinsky Salvage, Ohio Bell, Ohio Edison, and finally, with the City Of Akron where he was a heavy equipment mechanic. There was not a tractor, street sweeper, mower, garbage truck or snow plow that Dad couldn’t fix. Bob retired from the city after Bea died and became a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Dad quickly became a disaster relief coordinator and went out to help with relief efforts after Hurricanes Katrina, Irma, Super Storm Sandy, Wildfires in California, Flooding in Montana, and here in Akron helping victims of fire. Dad became lonely and met and married his second wife Sylvia, who also preceded him in death.

As Dad’s disease progressed he became happier each day. He looked forward to seeing his grand dog Hairy and giggled with childlike innocence when he opened the door. Dad was funny and loved to argue for fun. He also loved to complain about ” Stupid people” and had many colorful quotes that we shouldn’t print here.

Dad was preceded in death by his wives Bea & Sylvia, and his brother Walter, whom we know he loved because he called several times a day for his phone number. He survived by his Sister, Arlene Steinkerchner and Brother, John ( Mary Kay) Wenhart. He leaves behind to carry on his memories, Robert L Wenhart, Jr (Lisa), Barbara (Bill) Berger, Granchildren Tabitha, Robert, Joseph, and George as well as Great Grandchildren Miranda and James. He will also be missed by his fur-ever friend Hairy London and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Calling hours will be on Monday, July 6, 2020 from 4-7pm at Hummel Funeral Home in Copley and funeral services will be Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10am at Hummel Funeral Home in Copley with Chaplin Mark Muzzillo officiating. Social distancing and face masks required.


Family Viewing: July 6, 2020 4:00 pm - July 6, 2020 7:00 pm

Hummel Funeral Home - Copley
3475 Copley Road
Copley, OH 44321

(330) 253-6126

Funeral Service: July 7, 2020 10:00 am - July 6, 2020 11:00 am

Hummel Funeral Home - Copley
3475 Copley Road
Copley, OH 44321

(330) 253-6126

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  1. We will continue to miss Bob, who was a very involved member of Summit Christian Church in Akron in years past. Bob could be as tough and unbending as anyone in the world. But Bob had a big heart, and the Lord made Bob a very compassionate and tender man. We pray for peace for the Wenhart Family. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

  2. Dear Bob; I would have liked to see you while alive rather than viewing you at your funeral. Because of the virus spreading like it is I can’t justify driving to Ohio for the funeral. the meds I take for my MS weakens my immune system and I can’t take the chance of catching this evil virus. I say Bob you will be missed. The 500 or so miles between us kept us from visiting often but when we did it was always wonderful. You visited us here in North Carolina and I insisted you go to church with us. It was that visit that I believe you were born again and I am certain your name was written in the book of everlasting life with our Lord. You have joined Bea, your brother Walt, Mom and Dad and will be waiting for Arlene and I.
    I’m happy that you are now at peace and finally feel good. Death is the gateway to heaven. I say to you Brother so Long until we see you again. Peace is with you. I thank Barbie and Robbie for taking such good care of you these past several years. We will all miss you Bob.
    From all my family here we say peace be with you and your family.
    John Mary Kay and family

  3. Robert and Barbara, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was good to Sylvia and we know they enjoyed their time together. We will be praying for you during this difficult time. Sylvia`s family

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