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Walter R. "Wes" Wesolowski

Walter R. "Wes" Wesolowski, Wascott, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in his home following a long battle with ALS. He was born in Superior to Olive J. (Hamblin) Wesolowski. Wes entered the Army after graduating from high school and served in Korea. Af...

Walter R. "Wes" Wesolowski, Wascott, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in his home following a long battle with ALS.

He was born in Superior to Olive J. (Hamblin) Wesolowski. Wes entered the Army after graduating from high school and served in Korea. After the military, he was a banker for 23 years and went on to serve as a federal immigration inspector until he retired in 1997.

He enjoyed flying all kinds of aircraft -- from ultra-light to biplanes -- and anything with wings. He began flying for the Superior Skydivers, which led to his passion for skydiving. When Wes wasn't in the air with friends, he could be found outdoors and alongside his friends fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and motorcycling somewhere around Lake Superior and Canada. No matter what the endeavor, Wes always enjoyed it with friends.

As a loyal friend, Wes loved to share his love for the outdoors by entertaining friends at his home on Red Lake, where he would play cards, share stories and usually end the night with a verse or two of "O Lord It's Hard To Be Humble" and other little "ditties."

Wes is survived by his wife Mary Jane; one daughter, Jean (David) Ventura, Sacramento, Calif.; one son, Kerry (Jen) Venier, Silver Lake, Minn.; three grandchildren, Kaylee, Taylor and Gia Venier; two brothers-in-law, Walter Switzer and John Golcz; four sisters-in-law, Arlene Munroe, Geraldine "Jerry" Golcz, Elizabeth "Betty" Switzer, Loretta "Lori" Gran; lots of nieces and nephews including Robbin (Barb) Graff, Superior, Douglas Graff, Hawthorne, Judy (Tom) Johnson, Poplar, William Grams, South Dakota, Dana Grams, Hayward and Caroline Grams, Eau Claire; good friends, Davie (Diane) Knox, Garry (Carla) Hanson, Skip Edyvean, Bill (Nann) Eckman, Red (Joan) Schulstad, Duane (Barb) Myhre, Jay (Mary) Viets, and the Superior Skydivers Matt (Lee Ann) Pollock, Jim (Dolly) Frye and numerous friends and neighbors along with the late Kenny Quade, Judy and Dennis Holmberg, Richie Peterson, Bill Lucy, Bill Brunette, and his very special sister-in-law, Jacqueline "Jackie" Smith.

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He was preceded in death by his mother, a brother, Lee, three half-sisters, Ann Graff, Minnie McCallach and Ruth Atkins, and a half-brother, Asa Close.

Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. memorial service in the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner.

A very special thanks to Dan, Eva, Ron and the rest of the hospice team that helped him fulfill his wish to stay at home; and to Dr. William Grohs, Dr. Gary Beaver, Dr. Dean Fox and Dr. "Okey" Iwu, who could always bring a smile to Wes' face. And a very special thanks to Robbin and Barb Graff, who made Uncle Wes and Auntie Mary Jane's journey through the complications with ALS so much easier.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials go to St. Mary's Hospice, in care of Dr. Dean Fox, 400 E. Third St., Duluth, MN 55805 or to the Minnesota ALS Association in care of the Duluth Clinic, 400 E. Third St., Duluth, MN 55805.

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