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Riverside Dinner Theater founder dies

The man who helped put the Fredericksburg area on the map for musicals has died.

Rollin Edward “Ron” Wehman, 74, was the founder and general manager of Riverside Dinner Theater & Conference Center in Stafford County. He  died of natural causes Wednesday at his home in Fredericksburg.

Wehman had no survivors.

“His family was the Riverside family,” said Patrick A’Hearn, the theater’s artistic director. “We are all deeply saddened. Everyone’s heart is broken.”

Currently, Riverside Dinner Theater is showing “Gypsy” and its children’s theater show is “Blues Clues Live! The Most Spectacular Place.” Both productions are continuing as scheduled.

“We’re holding strong here,” A’Hearn said. “We will go on and go strong. We don’t want to let him down. We will continue to present wonderful, wonderful things for this community. That was his vision.”

Covenant Funeral Service in Fredericksburg is handling Wehman’s funeral arrangements, which were incomplete this afternoon. Riverside will hold a memorial and celebration of Wehman’s life at a date yet to be determined.

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407