Wesley John Wakefield went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 1, 2014, after enjoying 95 years on this earth. Wes was born Nov. 21, 1918, in East St. Louis, Ill., to the late Ray and Bertha Tojo Wakefield.
Wes was a distinguished World War II veteran, having fought in Italy with the 5th Army, 349 Infantry, 88th Division, B Company. Included among his military awards are the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct medal. After returning from the war, he and his wife, Louise, moved to Tyler where they lived for more than 50 years. His personal relationship with the Lord was central in Wes's life. He loved leading song services in a number of churches over the years. After Wes retired as a welder, he took on another career as a driver for DeHaven Eye Associates in Tyler where he retired again. In 2008 Wes and Louise moved to Richland, Wash., to be nearer to their family. He loved the mountains and was happy to be in the Pacific Northwest where he could visit them often.
Wes was preceded in death by his children: daughter, Berneice E. Hasty (Wayne), of The Woodlands; son, James W. Wakefield (Judy), of Longview; and grandson, David W. Hasty, of Conroe.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Louise Wakefield; grandsons, Brad Hasty (Tracy), of Richland, Wash., Mark Hasty (Kim), of Richland, Wash., and Weston Wakefield (Erica), of Irving. He also had several great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Wes had many other "adopted" grandchildren (people who thought of him as their grandfather. Special to him was Renea Caldwell, of Tyler, whom he thought of as a daughter). He will be missed by each and every one of them.
An intimate Celebration of Life will be held at Wynwood Senior Living in Richland on Jan. 8, 2014. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice, 1480 Fowler St., Richland Wash., 99352.
Express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.einansfuneralhome.com.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 5, 2014