Robert A. Wenke
1926 - 2015
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Robert A. Wenke, retired judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, died on August 14, 2015 from complications of pancreatic cancer at age 88.
He was born in Stanton, Nebraska on September 26, 1926 to Adolph and Gertrude Wenke. He became an Eagle Scout before moving to Lincoln in high school when his father became an Associate Justice on the Nebraska Supreme Court.
After serving in the Navy in WWII he graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Law where he was on the law review and graduated Order of the Coif. He began practicing law in Long Beach in 1950.
He was appointed to the Long Beach Municipal Court in 1965. The following year he was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court. In 1975 he was elected the Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. As the Presiding Judge he handled the second gun inquiry into the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy.
He retired from the court in 1986 and for the next 27 years he worked as a private judge handling arbitrations and mediations. He wrote four books for lawyers. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Suzanne, two children and a grandchild.

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Published in Gazette Newspapers from Aug. 27 to Sep. 3, 2015.
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August 11, 2020
Sue who could forget that kind face. Thank you for sharing with us through music and legacy. I pray you only remember the good in life not the pain or loss, but have gratitude and grace as always. Florita Davis, LB Symphony Box Office Manager.
Florita Davis
January 11, 2020
Bob was my god-father. I loved him and his wife Sue my god-mother. Thank you for being awesome god-parents to me.
:) Nancyann Hume
March 17, 2018
My condolences go out to the family and friends for your recent loss. During this trying time we have pleasant memories of our loved one. Be assured that the God of all comfort has your loved one tucked away in his memory too. May he console you with the positive hope of being able to see your loved one again.
January 9, 2018
Condolences to the Wenke family. May God grant you peace during your time of grief. Rm. 15:33
October 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
A. H.
October 20, 2017
There are no words that can ease the pain of losing someones beloved. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory because those who passed are precious in his eyes. Psalms 116:5. You and your family have my deepest condolences.

Natalie S.
June 20, 2017
My heartfelt sympathies go out to your family during this difficult time. I hope the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring much comfort. Just knowking that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
March 15, 2017
To the family of Robert A. Wenke, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you will miss him dearly. Please find comfort in knowing one day we will see our loved ones again. John 6:40. Matthew 5:5.
January 12, 2017
Add a memory or condolence to the guest bookWith deepest sympathy, may the power of prayer ease your sorrow, give you peace and provide much comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. (Matthew 21:22)
D. Wilmington-California
December 24, 2016
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we come to love deeply becomes a part of us. May the God,"who binds up the broken-hearted and comforts all who mourn" sustain your family. Our heartfelt sympathy.- Isaiah 61:1,2-
January 20, 2016
So sorry for your loss. May the family and friends find comfort in prayer. God of comfort will give you peace and hope when times are sad, Jeremiah 29:11,12.
November 23, 2015
I am his God Daughter. Haven't seen him in several years. RIP Bob.I love you
N Hume
September 14, 2015
I remember him and pray that all the family is well. Thank you a kind face and a warm heart.
August 22, 2015
I handled the defense in Judge Wenke's last jury trial in Long Beach. He was a good friend of my Uncle Harold and my old partner, Ed Demler, and I benefitted greatly from his friendship and counsel over the years when he was a frequent mediator and arbitrator. He always had interesting stories to tell, an easy laugh and a great sense of humor. (His little book on jury selection is still a valuable tool for trial lawyers.)I will miss his wit and wisdom.
Bob Armstrong
August 22, 2015
Judge Wenke was a major mentor to me.He lived the good life and touched others in a very positive way. A great Judge and a great person.
Thomas Clements
August 21, 2015
A true gentlemen and one of the most respected jurists I have come across in my career as an attorney. Also, a very good friend of my father's. Rest in peace judge.
Eric Lamhofer
August 21, 2015
Bob was a great judge and scholar and a loyal friend. He was a very hard worker and always into court before the rest of us. And he had a unique, wry sense of humor. Honest, loyal and kind.
Lester Olson
August 20, 2015
Not sure if previous input went so forgive me if this is a duplicate.

Bob's family and my family have been friends for many, many years. I remember as a young man the Christmas parties at the Wenke house and how the house always looked like something out of a magazine. That was always thanks to Sue who always ensured everything was perfect. My wife and I were reminiscing tonight and we think we were the last couple Bob preceded over a wedding for. Our justice was unable to support us and Bob was kind enough to step in. That was Bob, always willing to help a friend. We remembered that Bob had just returned from one of his many world trips and had picked up a bug but was still willing to help us. We plied him with Champagne! However, again that was Bob and his family always willing to help. Our love and thoughts are with the family.

Greg & Alisa Gatov
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