Funeral services for Weslie V. Schalesky, 76, of Hettinger, ND will be Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Hettinger. Rev. Alan Wickstrom will officiate and burial will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church on Wednesday, Dec. 26 and one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday morning.
Weslie V. Schalesky was born November 5, 1942 in Minot, ND to Jake and Ruth (Claussen) Schalesky. Heaven called him home on December 19, 2018.
When Weslie was 16 months old, his mother passed away. He was then raised by his older siblings in the Sawyer-Minot, ND area.
He attended school from 1st through the 8th grade in the Sawyer School District. As a teenager he worked in the Fargo, ND area.
Weslie enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed in the San Diego, CA area. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1963 then served in the reserves until 1966.
In 1966 he traveled to Buffalo, SD to visit his brother. While there he met the love of his life, Carol Smith. They were married on June 4, 1966. Six children were born to this union.
He worked as a logger, farm hand, shearer, well driller and truck driver, logging many miles without an accident.
Weslie and Carol raised their children in Hettinger, ND. He attended Moorhead Tech, receiving his Culinary degree in 1990. Weslie worked as a chef in the Black Hills area until moving back to Hettinger in 2014.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing Santa Claus, playing cribbage and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
He struggled with health problems to the end.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Carol, Hettinger, sons, Thane (Faye), Faith, SD, Theo (Trisha), Hettinger, Theron (Kim), Hettinger and Thawn, Coon Rapids, MN, daughters Mary Ann, Hettinger and Tanya, Harwood, ND, 17 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Florence and Violet and 3 brothers, Dennis, Alwood and Derrold.
Weslie was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings. Condolences to the Schalesky family can be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.