Robert Leonard Weidner, 88, husband of Lillian L. (Grisdale) Weidner, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 at his home in Limerick.
Born in Lansdale, he was the son of the late Sherman B. and Eva (Stockert) Weidner.
Robert L. Weidner (known as Bob) was a 1950 graduate of Conshohocken High School. He was a talented athlete and recipient of the WNAR sports award. As President of the Boys’ Varsity Club, his high school years was notable as one of the most colorful athletic careers compiled at the “Irontown” school. He played varsity football, basketball, and baseball. He served admirably as the football team offensive field general and forward passer on the varsity squad for two seasons and punter for three, ranking as one of the top high school punters in the area. He also distinguished himself during the four years of varsity basketball competition, receiving numerous commendations for his ball handling and back court work. He served as baseball captain and in his senior year earned a .432 batting average, the highest among the team. His athletic talent earned him a full athletic scholarship to Temple University as a punter for the football team.
Shortly after enrolling at Temple University, he decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corp. He served with the 1st Marine Division in the Korean War and was a POW for a short time during combat. For his service was awarded a Purple Heart medal for wounds received in combat, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the UN Service Medal. He was captain and quarterback for the US Marine Corp football team in Philadelphia and was named to the all-service team. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1954. In 2012, he was honored with a Congressional Recognition of Heroism by the US House of Representatives for his participation at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War and awarded by Vice President Joe Biden.
Bob joined the Amber Police Department in 1954, transferred to the Lansdale Police Department and rose to the rank of Sergeant. In 1965, he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and served as a Police Advisor in Southeast Asia until 1975. During his service with the CIA, he was awarded the Medal for Civilian Service in Vietnam by the US government and was awarded the National Police Medal and the Gallantry Cross Medal with Gold Star by the Vietnamese Government.
He was hired in 1975 by the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to establish an investigative unit to investigate misconduct of Board employees and held that position until his retirement in 2001.
Robert held several memberships: 1st Marine Division, Dog Company 7th Regiment; US Marine Corp League; Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1777, Valley Forge, PA; US Marine Corp Toys for Tots volunteer; Foreign Service Officers Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars Fraternal Order of Police; Montgomery County, Lodge #14; German American Police Association; American Legion; and St. James United Church of Christ, Limerick PA.
Surviving along with his wife Lillian of 22 years, is his daughter Barbara Joy Weidner of Lansdale; stepchildren Jonathan C. Myers, husband of Heather of Pottstown, Melissa M. Gelwicks wife of Arthur of Pottstown, Lisa K. Myers of Houston, TX; sister Brenda (Weidner) Nicolai of Blue Bell; grandchildren Katelyn (Gelwicks) Tupitza, wife of Matthew, Kyleigh Gelwicks fiancée’ of Mark DiCandilo, Ian Gelwicks, Simonne McConnell, Samantha McConnell; great grandchild Archer Tupitza; Numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his siblings Sherman B. Weidner III, Eva (Weidner) Wilson, Doris (Weidner) Wack, and son Kevin R. Weidner.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:00 Noon at Catagnus Funeral Home (329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468) with Pastor Beth Eustis officiating. Burial will follow with Military Honors being performed at Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will also be held on Friday, February 5, 2021 from 10:00-12:00 Noon at the funeral home.

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