Wesley J. Roeschke, 83, of Moville, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Moville United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 9:30 on Saturday until the time of service. Christy-Smith McCulloch Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Wes was born on May 5, 1933 in rural Moville to George and Minnie (Bush) Roeschke. He graduated first in his class from Lawton High School in 1951.
After joining the United States Navy, he served overseas on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany until he was honorably discharged in 1954.
He was united in marriage to Donna Davis on August 21, 1955 at the Federated Church in Moville. They resided in Anaheim, California from 1956 until 1962, when they returned home to Iowa after purchasing the farm on which they lived for the past 55 years.
Wes was a true jack-of-all-trades. A farmer first he was also a mechanic, welder, carpenter, and a school bus driver.
Wes was a progressive farmer who received many local and regional awards for his work on soil conservation. He was honored on 1999 with the Century Conservation Farmer of the Year award.
His favorite pastime was restoring 1967 pickups.
Wes was a member of Moville United Methodist Church, serving as the chairman of the board for many years.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife Donna, of Moville; a son, Kelly (d’Jon) Roeschke of Plano, TX; a daughter, Lori (Blaine) Borland of Moville; three grandchildren: Haylie Borland, of San Diego, CA; Claire Roeschke, of Dallas, TX, and Davis Roeschke, of Plano, TX; sisters Joann Alber and Joyce (Richard) Baltz; an aunt, Joyce Wurscher; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Wendel (Ann) Roeschke; a sister and brother-in-law, LaVonne (Edward) Benning; and a brother-in-law, Chet Alber.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a donation to a charity of Wes’s choice.