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.