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Kenneth Francis Wesolik


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Kenneth Francis Wesolik Obituary
May 10, 1931 - January 2, 2017 Husband, Father, Grandfather and great American patriot, Ken passed away on January 2, 2017 in the embrace of his family and friends in Manhattan Beach, California. Born in Belleville, Illinois, he was the son of immigrants from Prussia (eastern Germany). In time for high school years, the family moved to Berkeley, California, where he subsequently attended the University of California and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences as a Golden Bear. After school, he spent five years in the US Army as a Tank Commander, Armor Officer and finally military intelligence. While in the Army, he met his wife, Faye Hicks, who together had four children; Kenneth Jr., David, Patricia and Stuart. Learning Czech and German in the Army led him ultimately to work in the Central Intelligence Agency. Ken had a very successful, 35-year career in the CIA, with significant accomplishments relative to Cold War issues. He advanced quickly to the ranks of senior management. In October 1989, he received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal from then Director William Webster for major contributions to the mission of the agency and the country. Always a consummate professional and true American, he was driven to serve his country with great pride. He remarried in 1974 to Betty Shaw. Devoted to one another, they enjoyed a happy and blessed life together married for 42 years. Known to all to be a gentle man, he was extremely well read and thoughtful. In retirement he kept very active with church, keeping his language skills sharp and living his final years close to all of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Betty Shaw; children David, Patricia and Stuart Wesolik; son in-law Steve Delk and daughter in-law Julie Nemeth, respectively; as well as grandchildren Andrew, Morganne and Sophia. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held January 14, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1340 11th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2017
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