Wilbur Gordon Hemmann, 91, of Morgantown, entered into eternal peace on September 6, 2018, in his home surrounded by family.
Wilbur was born in Wheeling to Edward and Gertrude Bock Hemmann on May 4, 1927.
He went to school at University High School and graduated in 1945. He enlisted in the Navy April 20, 1945, and served aboard the newly commissioned USS Rendova in the American Theater in WWII. He received the American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal, then honorably discharged with the rank of Seaman 1st class.
Upon discharge, he returned to Morgantown where he worked with his father at the Hemmann Market on Point Marion Road. He took up flying lessons and received his license. After other endeavors, Wilbur incorporated Commercial Builders in 1970, and operated it until his retirement in 1988.
He married Judy Semesky Redwine on February 1, 1978, in Westover and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Wilbur liked to remain active, enjoyed gardening, was always up for a game of cards, and always had a Sudoku book, or crossword puzzle near at hand. Wilbur was an active member of Spruce St. United Methodist Church for over 35 years. He was always ready and willing to help when anyone needed help with any issue.
Wilbur is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judy Hemmann; his daughter and husband, Linda and John Hayes, of Bruceton Mills; their four children, Tracy, John, Kimberly, and Cody; his daughter and husband, Cheryl and Ron Snyder. of Morgantown; their two children, Doug and Kelly; and his son and wife, Brad and Melissa Hemmann, of Gladesville; and their daughter, Isabelle. Also surviving is his sister, Joanne (Joni) Luitjens and 11 great-grandchildren.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his mother and father, Gertrude and Edward Hemmann; his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Gwen Hemmann; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Melanie Hemmann; grandson, Chad Hemmann and recently his sister, Betty Debolt.
A special thank you to the hospice care nurses from Amedisys who were so helpful in the days immediate to Wilbur’s passing.
Friends and family will be received at Hastings Funeral Home from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, September 15, with the Rev. Dr. John Allen and the Rev. Neil Leftwich officiating. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westside Senior Center, 500 Dupont Rd., Westover, WV 26501.