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HOUGHTON – Robert H. Wieber of Houghton was called to his eternal home on November 27, 2021, after a long illness. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family.

Bob was born in Hancock on July 21, 1938; son of Robert and Ruth (Mueller) Wieber. He spent his early childhood in Manhattan, Illinois, until the family returned to Houghton in 1945.

Bob graduated from Houghton High School in 1956. He attended Michigan Technological University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics. He was a member of many organizations including the Sigma Rho Fellowship, Student Government, Blue Key, Varsity Rifle Team, and Tau Beta Pi. During his senior year at MTU, Bob received the Lifesaving Medal from the US Treasury Department after graduating from saved a fisherman from drowning in Portage Lake.

While attending MTU, he met his beloved Janet Mayer from Rudyard. The two were married on June 18, 1960, at St. Joseph’s Church in Rudyard.

Bob and Jan started their life together in Fullerton, California, where Bob worked for Hughes Aircraft and received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. At Hughes Aircraft, he worked on fixed radars for aircraft carriers.

He then worked on the Apollo Service Module attitude control system for North American Aviation (now part of Boeing) and on the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory for General Electric. While working for Moog, Inc., he was the general manager of Moog Japan and then worked on components for the space shuttle program.

A devoted husband and loving father of six, Bob was a wise and patient counselor and teacher. In 1983 the family returned to their hometown of Houghton.

Locally, Bob was known as an electrical engineering instructor at Michigan Tech and a business owner. From 1982 to 2004 he and Jan owned and operated the Vacationland Motel (now Copper Country Inn) in Houghton. In 1998, he opened The College Bookshelf to serve Michigan Tech students. Bob retired in 2012.

Bob was a man of faith and a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Houghton.

He pursued many hobbies throughout his life including carpentry and hunting, but his passion was sailing. He and Jan have spent many years together cruising Portage Lake and the waters of the Great Lakes. He was a member of the Onigaming Yacht Club at Houghton.

He was also a Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and serving as a Boy Scout Leader, and a founding member of the Screwball Hunting Club of Ontonagon.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Robert F. and Ruth Wieber; sister, Jane Neff; and son-in-law, Jeff Talcott.

He is survived by his wife Jan; and her children, Bob Wieber of Nashville, Tennessee, Denise Talcott of Sun City Center, Florida, Jill (Jim) Johnson of Clarksville, Tennessee, Ken Wieber of St. Augustine, Florida, Tim (Annie) Wieber of Plymouth, Michigan, and Janine (Hal) Burton of Bark River; daughter-in-law Michele Wieber of Clarksville; as well as 17 grandchildren: Rob, Kristen, Natalie, Matthew, Cassidy, TJ, Allison, Sam, Ben, Nick, Tim, Jack, Ella, Hal, Amanda, Max and Sean; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Aspirus Hospice team, especially Steve Foix, Scott Wagner and Roger Korby.

Services will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Houghton on Saturday, December 4, with visitations at 9 am, followed by a Christian burial mass at 11; Fr. John Martignon officiating.

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