Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Robert Alexander Weatherup

"Robert A. Weatherup
Retired aerospace engineer

Robert Alexander Weatherup, who worked as an aerospace engineer after a long career as a U.S. Naval officer, died in his Portola Valley home on December 6, two weeks before his 87th birthday.

Born in rural New York state, Mr. Weatherup graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1940, and later earned graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the California Institute of Technology.

He served in World War II -- his recognitions for that service included a Purple Heart -- and the Korean War. He also was professor of naval science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Weatherup married Kathryn Hesser in 1943, and the couple and their family lived in Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Washington, Missouri and several California cities, including San Jose.

After retirement from the Navy in 1961, Mr. Weatherup worked as an aerospace engineer for Douglas Aircraft Co., McDonnell Douglas Co., and Lockheed.

In recent years, Mr. Weatherup lived in Portola Valley with his daughter, Ann W. Gage, and her husband, Stanley. Mr. Weatherup was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn.

In addition to Ann and Stanley Gage, Mr. Weatherup is survived by two sons, Roy of Northridge, California, and John of Lincoln, California; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 10, at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Valley United Methodist Church, 3520 San Felipe Road, San Jose.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial donations be made to the Evergreen Valley Church or to the Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels program in Menlo Park, where Mr. Weatherup volunteered for the past two years."  

Source:  The Almanac Online, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside (CA), Publication Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Bob Weatherup was married to my (half) 2nd cousin, 2 times removed.

Mary Elizabeth Tapley
Linda Irene Tapley
My mother
Ethel Irene Ranney
My grandmother
Luther Boardman Ranney
My great-grandfather
Mary Margaret Hesser
My 2nd great-grandmother
James Warren Hesser
My 3rd great-grandfather
Jonathan Elisha Hesser
James Warren’s son;  Mary Margaret’s (half) brother; and my (half) 2nd great grand uncle
Otho Elwood Hesser
Jonathan’s son and my (half) 1st cousin, 3x removed
Kathryn Crites Hesser
Otho’s daughter and my (half) 2nd cousin, 2x removed
Robert Alexander Weatherup
Kathryn’s husband

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