Wesley Kerlee

January 7, 2014

By Contributor

Wesley Kerlee, of Fall City, loving husband to Joy, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at home. He was 74.

Wesley was born Sept. 24, 1939, in St. Helens, Ore., to Wesley and Josephine Soderberg. He was raised in Snoqualmie Falls, where he attended Snoqualmie schools. Following high school, Wes served four years in the United States Army, first as a paratrooper at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then as an honor guard in Korea.

Wesley Kerlee

Wesley Kerlee

In the early 1960s, following his honorable service to his country, Wes went to work at Weyerhaeuser. He worked as a heavy equipment operator building roads. Wes would go on to work in a similar role at the Washington State Department of Transportation. He retired from WSDOT after 33 years of dedicated service.

On May 16, 1983, Wes married Joy B. Schmidt in North Bend. They settled in Fall City. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband who possessed a gentle nature and was liked by everyone. In his leisure time, Wes enjoyed hunting and reading; he was a proud member of the National Rifle Association.

In addition to his loving wife Joy, Wes is survived by his two sons, Donald and Michal Kerlee; sister Jackie Wood; two grandchildren, Kim and Brent; at a host of extended family members and friends.

The family suggests remembrances be made to the Fall City Fire Department in Wes’ name.

At his request, a private family gathering will be held.

Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

— Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 392-6444

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