Wesley Joe Woodke

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wesley Joe "Weasel" Woodke, age 51, of Schaller, died March 10, 2012 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, March 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Schaller. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of the arrangements.

Wes was born on Feb. 12, 1961 in Storm Lake, the son of Everett and Helen (Breihan) Woodke. He was baptized and confirmed at the St. Paul Lutheran church in Schaller. He graduated high school at Schaller in 1979. While growing up, he worked with his dad at Woodke Services for many years and later took over the family business.

Wes married his high school sweetheart, Janette Wandrey, Sept. 8, 1984 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Schaller where he was later confirmed in the Catholic faith. They were blessed with three children: Holly, Kent, and Clayton.

Wes was a hands on dad. He taught his kids how to do everything, such as welding, working on cars, and grilling. He enjoyed being in his garage, grilling and spending time with his family and friends. He absolutely loved going to cook-offs and competing against his friends to try and win trophies with his amazing food! Also, he spent his winters building his '41 Willy's Coupe, hoping to get it done and drive around the block, which he was able to do last summer for the first and last time.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 27 years, Janette Woodke of Schaller; his children Holly Woodke of Osceola, and Kent and Clayton Woodke both of Schaller; brothers: Jerry (Colleen) Woodke of Schaller, and Bob Woodke of Bemidji, Minn.; sisters: Sandy Thorborg of Holstein, and Mary (Marvin) Nehring of Aurelia; and numerous family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Everett and mother, Helen; brother-in-law, Larry Thorborg; nephew, Mark Thorborg; niece, Lori Rimmer; great-nephew, Christopher Rimmer; father-in-law, Kenneth "Bud" Wandrey; brother-in-law, Will Webber; and other family and friends.