Robert G. Wharton


(July 28, 2008)

Robert Wharton, retired teacher of business at Northwest College, died Monday, July 28 at Powell Valley Hospital. He was 86.

He was born Jan. 19, 1922, to Bertram L. and Nina (Noe) Wharton in Lockwood, Mo. He received his early education in Lockwood, later moving to northern Missouri where he finished his sophomore year of high school before enlisting in the Air Corps in World War II.

He served in the Air Transport Command, serving for two years in North Africa. He was discharged from the army in 1945. Shortly thereafter, he married Oleva Helen Hays on Feb. 21, 1946, in Kirksville, Mo.

Following the war, he attended Truman University in Kirksville, Mo., where he received a degree in business education in 1949 and a Master’s degree in Administration in 1952. He taught high school and junior college in Missouri and Iowa and was superintendent of schools for a year in Novelty, Mo.  In 1960, he joined the faculty at Northwest College. He retired from teaching in 1984.He enjoyed working on old vehicles, tinkering with mechanical devices and traveling. He and Eve spent winters in Yuma, Ariz., until ill health prevented their traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Eve; their three sons, George L. Wharton of Laramie, David L. Wharton (Heather) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Paul Wharton (Marilyn) of Lawrence, Kans.; a sister-in-law, Donna Wharton of Trenton, Mo.; grandsons Tyler Wharton (Rachael) of Houston, Texas, Benjamin Wharton (Trina) of Las Vegas and granddaughter Summer (Matt) Merrill of Las Vegas; and three great-grandsons.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Visitation is at Thompson Funeral Home Thursday, July 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate contributions to the Northwest College Scholarship Fund.