Robert “Bob” Whelehan

June 2, 1931 - August 6, 2017
Robert “Bob” Whelehan

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Robert “Bob” Whelehan, 86, of Hendersonville passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his home.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Francis and Sonja Lind Whelehan.  He was also preceded in death by his sons, Robert and Mark.  Before moving to Hendersonville 21 years ago, he had resided in Greensboro and Hicksville, NY.

Bob was a veteran of the US Navy, serving as Aviation Electronics Technician, 2nd class.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic.  Bob was employed by Grumman Aerospace Corporation as an electrical engineer for over 30 years before retiring in 1993.  During his employment, one of his most rewarding projects was his work on the Apollo Lunar Module.

Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eileen Gilmartin Whelehan; his daughters, Mary Ellen, Eileen and Lisa; his son, Brian; grandsons, Robert, Scott and Brandon; granddaughters, Kathleen, Kelly, and Sadie; and his sister, Veronica.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home.  Burial will follow on Sunday, August 21, 2017 at 10:30 am at Calverton National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice at or to Four Seasons Foundation, 221 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.



Monday, August 21, 2017
10:30 AM

Calverton National Cemetery - Directions
210 Princeton Blvd.
Calverton, NY 11933

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  • August 10, 2017
    Peggy Whelehan Moran says:
    I'll never forgot how loving and kind you were to me. Especially the time when you visited me after your long day at the "Cape" The LEM was having a problem and you were called down to fix it. I was studying at FIT at that time. I found out later that my Dad asked you to check-up on me while you were in FL. I love you Uncle Bob and will miss you dearly. You were the taller and younger version of my Dad.

  • August 11, 2017
    Ann Marie Whelehan Dragon says:
    Remember the night of my wedding 5.15.15 when I realized that my dress was see through and how embarrassed I was that you could see my panties! We laughed so hard that night. Thank you Uncle Bob and Aunt Eileen for dancing at my wedding that day! Love you both!

  • August 18, 2017
    Mr and Mrs Matthew Bell says:
    Our sincerest condolances to The Whelehan family.

  • August 19, 2017
    Michael and Janine Way says:
    Our sincere condolences to the entire Whelehan family.