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Richard passed away, at the age of 88, on Thursday, June 16th, following a brief illness.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Viola Wherle; sister, Patricia Hartman; sister-in-law Kathleen McClanahan; and his bride of 65 years, Marlene (Brnjac) Wherle.

Survivors include his daughter, Yvonne Heath of Bois D’Arc, MO and sons, Richard and Michael Wherle of St. Louis.

Father-in-law to Michael Heath, Linda Wherle, and Lori Wherle.  He was brother-in-law to Eileen and Tony Armsby and Michael McClanahan.  He had 7 grandchildren:  Sarah Williams, Katie (and John) Little, Alicia (and Dana) Caton, Amanda Wherle, Jamie (and Kyle) Fenstermaker, Brett Wherle, and Rachel Wherle.

He also had 7 great-grandchildren: Addy and Everly Little, Riley Williams, Jimmie Jones, Cameron and Ashton Fenstermaker, and Morgan Caton.

He was “Uncle Dick” to many nieces and nephews, and a great friend to many, including his Friendship Village family and Cracker Barrel Thursday Breakfast buddies.

All who loved him will miss his huge heart, kindness, generosity, and humor. He loved to play golf and spend time with his family.

He was a graduate of Bayless High School.  His working career was as a supervisor for Western Electric.

Richard has donated his body to science, at St. Louis University, along with being an organ donor.

There will not be a service or visitation.  A family celebration of his wonderful life will be scheduled at a later date.