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Wesley W. Gitzlaff
1923 - 2012
Wesley W. Gitzlaff, 89, of Kenosha went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Kenosha Hospital.
Wes who was the youngest of 11 children was born on Jan. 8, 1923, in Kenosha to Albert and Hattie (Robinson) Gitzlaff. He spent many years helping out on the family farm. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943. Wes was united in marriage to Jean Morgan on June 20, 1942 at Grace Lutheran Church. Jean and Wes had resided in West Allis, Wisconsin Rapids, Rockford, Ill., and Naperville, Ill., before returning to Kenosha in 1972. Wes started out working for Local Loan and driving streetcars for the city transit. He then worked for the C.I.T. Financial Corp. from 1946 to 1966. He owned and operated Wess Sunoco and Shell service stations in Naperville for six years. Upon returning to Kenosha he owned Wess Korner Klub for two years and he and Jean owned J&W Coffee Service for 12 years. He retired from the Kenosha Transit Commission in 1986 after 10 years of service. Wes was a member of St. Marys Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post #0021 and the Moose Lodge #286. Wes enjoyed spending time around the house, especially taking care of his yard, and he was an avid Packer Backer and NASCAR fan. He really enjoyed dancing polkas with his wife Jean and loved the time he spent with his family.
He was preceded in death by, his parents; and five brothers and five sisters.
Wes is survived by, his loving wife of 70 years, Jean of Kenosha; three children, Sharon (Richard) White of Corinth, TX, Dean (special friend, Ruby) Gitzlaff of Kenosha and Keith (Melody) Gitzlaff of Las Vegas; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Wes will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at St. Marys Lutheran Church. Entombment will follow at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park with Military Honors. A visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the Hansen-Lendman Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Marys Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated.
Hansen-Lendman Funeral Home
6019 7th Avenue
Hansen-Lendman Funeral Home - Kenosha
6019 Seventh Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53143
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Nov. 30, 2012