Wesley Wilbanks / March 24, 1943-Jan. 9, 2010Published 10:25am Tuesday, January 12, 2010
NILES – Wesley Wilbanks, 66, of Spruce Street, Dowagiac, passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, with his family by his side.
Wesley was born on March 24, 1943, to the late James and Mary (McCain) Wilbanks in Cullman, Ala.
Wesley proudly served his county in the U.S. Army for many years and was a retired SFC from the Army National Guard.
He was also a lay speaker at First United Methodist Church in Dowagiac where he was a member.
In his free time, Wesley loved to travel, go horseback riding and listen to country music.
He was a member of American Legion Post 309 in Decatur, Cass County Civitan Club and the Dowagiac 246 Armory.
His parents precede him in death.
Wesley is survived by: his wife, Barbara (Tidey) Wilbanks of Dowagiac; two daughters; two stepsons; a stepdaughter; four grandchildren; 12-step grandchildren; a brother, Maj. Guy Wilbanks; and three sisters, Martha Chandler, Nancy Wilbanks and Mona Seckfort, all of Cullman, Ala.
The family will be holding a memorial service on Sunday, Jan. 17, at First United Methodist Church, 326 N. Lowe St., Dowagiac, at 3 p.m. Pastor John Kasper will be officiating.
Memorial donations may be made in Wesley’s memory to American Legion Post 309 or to Borgess Hospice, 1521 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048.
Condolences, photos and memories may be left for the family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services and Mission Hills Memorial Chapel, both of Niles.