Robert T. Whalen

  • Born: June 15, 1958
  • Died: October 5, 2020
  • Location: Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania

Saloom-Rega Funeral Service

730 W Main St
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666
Tel. (724) 547-2122

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert "Bob" T. Whalen, 62, of Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Shadyside Hospital, surrounded by his family, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born June 15, 1958, in McKeesport, to the late Robert A. Whalen and the late Shirley Barone Whalen Rosendale. Bob was retired from West Penn Power and the Utility Workers Union of America, System Local 102, where he served as union president for six years. He was also an executive board member of the Utility Workers Union of America until 2015. Bob was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting deer and Pennsylvania black bear and fishing. He also loved cars and drag racing, introducing his wife, children, grandson, one brother, and a niece and nephew to the sport. Bob's love of drag racing will live on through his family. He especially cherished time with his grandchildren, mentoring his grandson with his Junior Dragster at Keystone Raceway Park, and laughing, talking to, and spending time with his granddaughters. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Lora "Lori" Rodkey Whalen, who provided exceptional care during their journey battling his cancer. Also surviving are his daughter, Kimmy Marinchek and her husband, Steve, of Mt. Pleasant; his son, Rob Whalen and wife, Melissa, of Ruffsdale; grandchildren, Justin "JJ" Murdock Jr., Hailey Whalen and Mia Whalen; brothers, Kevin Whalen (Lyla), of Blairsville, and Mark Whalen (Wendi), of Land-o-Lakes, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was loved and comforted by his pets, Bailey, Abbey and Kenda. Bob received tremendous support from his friends, Peter Flemming and William Sterner, two special people who were always helpful and caring, as well as many other family and friends. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Hillman Cancer Center and Shadyside Hospital (Transplant and Intensive Care Units) for all of their care, compassion, and support. As per Bob's request, visitation and services are private. Arrangements were under direction of SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Please visit Bob's online memorial at to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Bob was a co-worker, a Loyal Member of UWUA Local 102, but most of all, a friend. I worked with him in West Penn Power, and beside him as he performed his duties as a Local 102-F Branch President and then President of Local 102. He was one of the most courageous men I have had the privilege of knowing. He is and will be missed. My sympathy and prayers for the family.

Posted by Sue Vozar - Connellsville, PA - friend   October 14, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Bob was a great to work with and I was saddened to hear of his passing.

Posted by Tracy Brubaker - Latrobe, PA - Coworker   October 14, 2020

Posted by A friend   October 11, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss Kimmy and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Becky Lilley    October 11, 2020

Posted by A friend   October 10, 2020

The people in Lincoln Division admired you!

Posted by Lincoln Division - Coworker   October 10, 2020

Lori and Family my deepest sympathy to you on Bobs passing. have not seen you all in years but i do think of you. So sorry for your loss. Fondly , Linda and Brian Fleischmann

Posted by Linda Ann Fleischmann - Friend   October 10, 2020

It is so sad to learn today of Bob's passing.
I remember growing up across the street - Bob was my best friend. Shooting, playing pool, swimming, working on his Camaros, and talking about life. Bob was a great friend -- always there for me.
A loyal son and a good big brother to Kevin and Mark.
From the first date with Lori, Bob knew that she was the only one for him. What an honor to be in the wedding to see his real life's journey begin.
Lori - we will keep you in our prayers, wishing you peace and comfort.
"JR" -- Jack and Billee Rumbaugh

Posted by Jack Rumbaugh - Friend   October 10, 2020

Posted by Jack Rumbaugh - Friend   October 10, 2020

Lori sooooo sorry!!! My prayers and hugs go out to you and your family. May God hold you close and give you strength and love. Prayers! Deacon Mike Orange

Posted by Deacon Mike Orange - Latrobe, PA - Acquaintance   October 10, 2020

To the family my condolences. I called Bob Big Daddy from this drag racing side. We worked for West Penn and We talked alot. He was a great guy and it saddens me to learn of his passing. No doubt he will be cutting some 5.0 lights in his next world. Rest in peace my friend

Posted by robin mattes - Friend   October 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bob at Arnold and when I was local President. Bob was always a good and conscientious worker. He will be missed.

Posted by Donald Negley - Sarver, PA - Coworker   October 09, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you through this difficult time.

Posted by Tabitha Hancock - Greensburg, PA - Acquaintance   October 08, 2020

Lori , kimmy, Robby, I am so sorry for your loss. You all have my deepest Sympathy.We had some really good times together.Love you all patty

Posted by Patty Prinkey - Greensburg, PA - friend   October 07, 2020

Lora and famiky, We wish we could be with you at this sad time. Know that our love, prayers, and thoughts are with you. Bob and you will always have a special place in our hearts.. Lynne and Gary

Posted by Lynne and Gary Fitzgerald - Ponder, TX - Friend   October 07, 2020

Aunt Lori, Kimmy and Robbie,

Thinking of you all during this difficult time and offering my deepest sympathies.

Love you all.

Posted by Samantha (Rodkey) Rega - Woodbridge, VA - Family   October 07, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Sending love, hugs and prayers to your family

Posted by Kevin & Karen Grus - North Huntingdon, PA - Friend   October 07, 2020