David Henry WESCHE (1936 - 2017)

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WESCHE, David Henry

December 23, 1936-
November 20, 2017

Our beloved dad, "Grampie," brother, cousin, uncle, and friend David Wesche passed peacefully in his sleep on November 20, 2017 at the age of 80 at his home in Liberty Lake.
David was known for his sense of humor, hard work, his kindness, encouragement to others, and for his generosity. He was inquisitive and compassionate. He still kept in touch with many childhood friends and considered his Liberty Lake neighbors as family. His Christian faith remained strong, and he has missed his best friend and wife of 55 years, Jan, every day for the last three and a half years, and now joins her in Heaven.
David and his twin were the youngest in a family of five boys, born to missionary parents in 1936 in Tientsin, China; Kenneth Plank Wesche, a pastor and Agnes May Taylor Wesche, a nurse. With the start of WWII, the family left China by ship and moved to Wilmore, Kentucky then Nampa, ID. After the war, they returned to China but two years later had to return to the US due to the Communist takeover. They moved to Jennings Lodge, Oregon where David attended school and had several paper routes and janitorial jobs.
In 1954, David attended Northwest Nazarene College then transferred to Seattle Pacific College. Dave and his twin Daniel both applied to medical school in 1957; his twin was admitted and Dave was deferred for a year, as the school wanted to keep twins separated. Dave believed that Divine providence kept him out of medical school another year, as he met and courted Janet Lee Martinson his final year at SPC. Dave tried to impress her on one of their first dates by doing magic tricks. When he proposed to her in a Seattle park, he made her a crown of daisies, and so they were secretly engaged or "daisied" as Jan would write in her journal. They married on June 21, 1959, two weeks after her graduation.
In his second year of medical school, a stomach ulcer convinced Dave to drop out of school. He attended seminary for a year and then moved to Port Angeles, WA and worked as a chemist for a paper mill. Their daughter, Shannon Lynn was born in 1961. They returned to Beaverton, OR where he worked at the Primate Research Center, and a year later he pled his case and was reinstated at the medical school. Jan supported the family by teaching first grade and Dave painted houses on his summer breaks. In 1963, Daniel Eric was born. Dave joined the US Air Force, moving to San Antonio, TX and then Travis Air Force base, CA where in 1967 Marcus Andrew was born. In 1967-68 David was sent to Vietnam as a USAF surgeon in Da Nang during the great Tet Offensive, and was also loaned to the Navy for several months at Cam Ranh Bay. He was later awarded the Bronze Star for his service.
The family moved to Elmendorf Air Force base, Alaska for three years where Dave loved to climb mountains and hunt in his free time. After four more years of surgical training in Portland, Dave moved to Liberty Lake, WA and joined Frank Stadler in a busy surgical practice near Valley Hospital where he practiced for 25 years. He opened the non-invasive diagnostic Valley Vascular Lab. Dave and Jan founded and were part-owners of an assisted living facility in Spokane Valley, Brighton Court, where Jan's mother spent eight years of her life.
They hosted many exchange students, and after Dave retired, he accompanied Jan visiting many of these friends. This included trips to Germany, Sweden, Norway, England, Scotland, Denmark, St Petersburg, Russia, Tenwek, Kenya where his brother Bob was a missionary doctor, and a trip to China with his brother Lilburn to visit Dave's birthplace.
Dave always made time for the little, special, individual moments - teaching his daughter to change and gap the spark plugs on her Volkswagen, building a kit car in the garage with his son Dan, taking Marc on an elk hunting trip with Uncle Roy, and reading The Night Before Christmas to his grandkids while wearing his Santa hat and red bathrobe.
Dave retired in 2001. He continued to tinker with his computers and planted a vegetable garden for several years. In his latter years, he enjoyed smoking a good cigar on his deck, watching episodes of MASH, and watching Mariner's baseball on tv. Always thinking of others, he would often ask, "Is there anything I can do for you?"
Dave is survived by daughter Dr. Shannon L. Wesche of Liberty Lake, WA, son Dr. Daniel E. Wesche (Maureen) of Flagstaff, AZ, and son Marcus A. Wesche of Liberty Lake, WA. Dave leaves a legacy of 12 grandchildren: Samantha, Anna Marie, Bailey, Nicholas, Thomas, Maggie, Grace, Jaelyn, Nora, Kate, Olivia, and Charlie.
Dave is also survived by his three older brothers, Paul Wesche (Berniece) of Albany, OR, Lilburn Wesche (Esther) of Boise, ID, Robert Wesche (Dora) of Youngtown, AZ and his beloved sister-in-law Colleen Wesche Lewis of Portland, OR. He is also survived by his dear cousin Harold "Bud" Wesche and wife Sunday Wesche of Boise, ID, by Jan's sisters: Lloydine Nordtvedt (Thomas) of Ketchikan, AK, Carolyn Bren (Mike) of Grandview, WA, and his brother-in-law Merlin Gay of Everett, WA, and by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dave was pre-deceased by his twin brother Daniel Louis Wesche, by his wife Janet Lee (Martinson) Wesche, and by his daughter-in-law Shea Wills.
At Dave's request, there will not be a service at this time. A memorial will be held in the spring. At the family's request, donations can be made in his name to World Gospel Mission (wgm.org) or to Friends of Tenwek Hospital.
A guest book can be signed at dignitymemorial.com.


Published in Spokesman-Review from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home
1306 North Pines Road | Spokane Valley, WA 99206 | (509) 924-9700
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