Richard "Dick" Wolbert, who for years owned Jackson Pest Control and presided over the local Model A club, died Dec. 19 of heart failure. He was 81.
Born July 6, 1931, in Pasadena to Margaret and John Wolbert, Dick was one of three children.
After high school, Wolbert enrolled at Pasadena City College. He later joined the U.S. Navy and served on the battleship USS Iowa during the Korean War.
After leaving the Navy, Wolbert enrolled at UCLA.
He met and married Carol Montgomery and had two daughters. They divorced about 10 years later.
Wolbert earned his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State and then took a job with a research company in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he developed parts for NASA, said his second wife, Mary Wolbert of Santa Rosa.
Wolbert moved to the Bay Area when he accepted a management position at Montgomery Pest Control. He later rolled out his own company, Montgomery Wolbert Pest Control, and focused on termite work, Mary Wolbert said.
The two met in 1967 at a restaurant after Dick Wolbert had taken an acquaintance from Australia for a tour of San Quentin, she said.
"We met at a restaurant," she said. "He said &‘I have a pest control company, is that alright?'"
The pair married in 1969.