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Fred Wehba Sr.

February 23, 1947 — July 21, 2021

Fred Wehba Sr.

Carl Frederick Wehba, Sr. departed peacefully on July 21, 2021.On February 23, 1947, Carl Frederick ("Fred") Wehba was born to Fred M. and Pauline Wehba in Crowell, TX. Fred enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Crowell with his five siblings and made many friends. He attended Crowell High School where he participated in band, choir, football and track and field, graduating in 1965. He developed a love of music and inspiration from his music teacher. In his junior year, he became an Eagle Scout.Fred acquired both an incredible work ethic and a fervent love of country from his father and mother. He also shared a love of food, becoming a gourmet chef in his own right. He began working with his brother John in his father's grocery store at the age of 10. While his father was struggling with illness, Fred, at the age of 16, managed the store and continued his high school studies.He enrolled in undergraduate studies at North Texas State University, majoring in music. He moved to Oklahoma City where he met Susan Swaydan of Wichita Falls, and they married June 6, 1970. He spent the next years in Oklahoma City in the grocery business. He built a shopping center with his superstore the Wehba's Grand Bazaar. His store was recognized that year in National Grocer.Fred went to focus his career effort's in real estate, buying, owning, managing, selling commercial real estate properties across the United States. He moved his family first to Dallas and, in 1989, to Los Angeles. He founded BentleyForbes commercial real estate company and enjoyed working with his family in the business for many years.Fred was active with numerous charities, serving on boards of several philanthropic organizations, such as Associates for Breast Cancer Studies at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, as well as churches and educational institutions, including California Baptist University and the Dove Foundation. He was the founder of a church in Beverly Hills. His overarching desire was to live out the Christian faith as his legacy for his family, demonstrating this through continually striving to make a difference in other peoples' lives.Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Pauline, his brother John, his son Cyle; he is survived by his wife Susan, his sons, Fred Jr., Chad, Christian, his grandchildren Carl Frederick III, Andrew, Olivia, Jacob, Emily and Elizabeth, his sisters, Geni Thomas Woodward, Shirley Cravens, Dorothy Laird, and Eleanor Cates, and many dear nieces and nephews.Services will be held at St. Elijah Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City on July 24 at 10:30am with the gravesite service at Fairlawn Cemetary
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