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Harry Wesley

Aug. 5, 1917-Dec. 27, 2008

Harry W. Wesley, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Harry Wilbur Wesley was born Aug. 5, 1917 to Edward and Augusta (Buethner) Wesley in North Effington Township, Parkers Prairie, Minn. He attended school in Elmo Township, Minn.

Harry was in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC's) from 1937 to 1942 and served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 until 1946. He was an active member of the VFW in Frazee. In 1949, he married Beatrice Kuhne at the Bell River Catholic Church, Bell River, Minn.

Harry worked for the Ottertail County Road Maintenance Department from 1946 until 1981. He and Bea lived in Parkers Prairie until 1955, when Harry received a job promotion and moved to Vergas. In 1995, they moved to Detroit Lakes.

Harry spent his time deer hunting, fishing and reading. He cherished the time he spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Harry also enjoyed gardening, dancing and spending time with his neighbor friends chatting and playing cards.

He will be remembered and missed by his wife of 59 years, Beatrice; two children, Margaret Wesley (Chuck) Saunders of Coon Rapids, Minn., and John Wesley of Detroit Lakes; three grandsons and one granddaughter; four great granddaughters and four great grandsons; one brother, Ralph (Sally) Wesley of St. Paul; sister-in-law, Lorraine Wesley of McGregor, Minn.; as well as Anna Wark, Barb Payne and several other nieces and nephews.

Preceding Harry in death were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wesley; four sisters, Florence Wesley, Alice Stigen, Vera Erckenbrack and Bertha Bowman; one brother, Eddie Wesley; and daughter-in-law Kristie Wesley.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with a 5 p.m. Rosary vollowed by a 5:30 p.m. Prayer Service. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to services on Friday.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements. An online guest book is available at