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April 13, 1948 ~ June 30, 2019 (age 71)
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Obituary of Jim Wehrle
Joseph James Wehrle
died at age 71
resided in Louisville Kentucky
Passed away at home on June 30th 2019
battled Parkinson's disease for over 20 years
Born April 13th, 1948
son of Joseph and Lois Wehrle
brother of Joyce Coffman
Married to Sandra Lee Lucas on 6/7/69
went to Oak Hills High school and received a bachelors and PHD from the University of Cincinnati
Designations, awards, and other recognition: Teacher of the Year for Cincinnati public schools 1972, Key to the City in 1973, Commendation from Major Thrush of the 383rd medical company Ohio National Guard in 1973, honorable Discharge from the Army in 1976, Proclamation from the Mayor of Cincinnati in 1985, Distinguished Citizen award from Mayor Jerry Abramson of Louisville in 2006.
my father held many different jobs and roles over his life. Most notably; high school teacher, head coach of the Cincinnati Kids semi-pro soccer team started with Pete Rose from the Reds, professional soccer referee, VP of HR for Humana, VP of HR for Marriott hotels International, senior VP of the Muhammad Ali Center, special UN envoy to the middle east under Secretary of State Colon Powell, hostage negotiator for Louisville Metro Police Dept.
Served in the Ohio National Guard and US Army and from 1968-1973 with the final rank of Specialist 5.
Has lived in Cincinnati OH, Minneapolis MN, Terra Haute IN, and Louisville KY
My father has always liked to work on projects and was a self taught carpenter, plumber, electrician, you name it. He enjoyed family game nights, painting, reading books, woodworking, and collecting historical artifacts and fossils. He was an animal lover and a true Dog Whisperer. His Golden Retrievers over the years: Corky, Murphy and Morgan were a treasured part of his life. He loved to spend time with his four grandchildren.
Jim was an extremely intelligent person and loved a good conversation about history. He had been accepted into MENSA while in college, but never joined.
Sandra Wehrle (wife of 50 years)
Children; Steve Wehrle (44) and Whitney Wehrle (spouse), Susan Daugherty (41) and Mitchell Daugherty (spouse), Tom Wehrle (38)
Grandchildren; Noah and Maya Daugherty, Lucas and Jaxson Wehrle
Parents; Joseph Wehrle (deceased) and Lois Wehrle currently 95
Siblings; Joyce Coffman
Pets; Murphy their golden retriever
Memorial gathering is Friday, July 12th, 4-6pm at Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home East 11601 Ballardsville Rd Louisville Ky 40241
Where to call for more information: 502-241-8424 or 502-387-8574 Steve's cell
Please donate memorial funds to the American Parkinson Disease Association
Thank you to everyone who has come to know our dad and has supported him during his fight with Parkinson's disease. He was an amazing man who had touched many lives during his, and always been there for us when we needed him. He was the epitome of a perfectionist, for good or bad. He expected just as much from himself as he did anyone else. He always pushed us to work harder and do more and wanted the most out of life. He was a truly remarkable person and we pray that he is happy in heaven with the Lord and free of pain and looking down on us everyday. God bless.