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Robert Orphal

July 30, 2013

    Robert "Wes" Orphal, 66, of Cape Coral, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2013, as he passed away at Hope Hospice.
    Wes was born in Lima, Ohio, on December 30, 1946, to the late Robert Gene and Marguerite (Hunt) Orphal of Wapakoneta, Ohio.
    He married Fran (Kehr) Orphal on September 30, 1983; she survives in Cape Coral.
    Wes retired from CenturyLink Phone Company (formerly United Telephone) after 41 years of services. He was also a veteran of four years in the U.S. Navy, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Navy Seal.
    A 1964 graduate of St. Joseph High School, he received a BA degree in business from Concordia University.
    Among survivors are two children, Rodney Orphal of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Shelly Raney of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren, Sarisa Orphal, Jonathon Raney, and Mikhail Bower; great-granddaughter, Zayla Orphal; three sisters, Joan Morris, Sally Routt, and Barb Geib; five nephews and one niece of Wapakoneta.
    Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, August 4, at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 5, at the funeral home, with Rev. Daniel Hunt officiating.
    Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Wapakoneta, with military rites conducted by Wapakoneta VFW Post 8445.
    Online condolences may be made at

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