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Durling, Wesley

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Wesley John Durling, 94, of Gaylord, passed away at home on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Mr. Durling was born in Lakeview on September 12, 1923, the son of James & Rosa (Jentink) Durling.

He served 2 years in the United States Army (1946-1948) in Korea during World War II.  He planted trees as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and later began his 30 -year career with Auto Owners.

On April 15, 1952 he married Betty Winland.  The couple shared 65 years of marriage.

Mr. Durling was a founding and active member of Peace Lutheran Church and would often do readings.

In his younger years, his favorite past-times were trout fishing, snowmobiling and bowling.  Later in life he enjoyed reading the daily newspaper, a game of cards, an hour or two of scrabble with his wife, Betty or an afternoon of U of M football.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM from Peace Lutheran Church, Pastor Thomas Mammoser, officiating.

Mr. Durling is survived by his wife, Betty; 2 children, Michael (Lori) Durling and Waveline (Kerry) Hamilton; 1 grandson, Joshua Durling; 1 sister, Ruth Jean Rodriguez and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church.

3 comments on “Durling, Wesley”

  1. Aara Sue Willison

    Betty, I am so so sorry to read of the loss of your hubby, Wes. I know he meant the world to you. Though I don’t think I ever met him I talked to him on the phone many times … to find out if you were playing cards, or from my cell to tell him we were safe and on our way home from the casino. He was always so pleasant. I cherish all the years we played cards together, Wed, pinochle, Wed night euchre, Friday euchre and our rare trips to the casino together! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God grant you the peace and comfort you so deserve. Love!

    • Friends come and go, but long time friends are held near. Although Wes and I haven’t seen or talked to one another for a few years, but my thoughts and memories of him are tremendous. My prayers to the Durling family.

      • Betty, I am so sorry to hear of Wesley’s passing. I remember both of you from the dental office. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Miss seeing you at the office. Take care. Janice

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