Wesley B. Altwies
1929 - 2018
May 10, 2018
Wesley "Wes" B. Altwies, 89, of Watertown, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Park Terrace in Watertown.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Peter Wells officiating. Burial with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post #189 will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be designated to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Lakeside Lutheran High School, St. Luke's Medical Center for Heart Research or the charity of one's choice.
Wesley Altwies was born on April 11, 1929, in the town of Farmington, son of H.C. (Claude) and Lillian (nee Geuennert) Altwies. On July 12, 1975, he married Gladys Paerschka at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown.
He was a former employee of the Oconomowoc Canning Company, Union Upholstery in Jefferson and retired May 1, 1991, after 39 years of service at Dresser Industries -- Waukesha Engine, Division of Waukesha. He also worked part-time at Kennedy Chevrolet Buick Geo, Inc.
Wes was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church where he served on council, also as an elder and usher. He was also a member of Lakeside Men's Club, the Wethonkitha Club, Watertown Country Club, AARP 3056, Watertown Senior Center, Wisconsin Lutheran Seniors and St. Luke's Philanthropists Club.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a post commander of the Clarence McGuire Post 7852, 1961-62, 1991-92, 1997-98. He also was a past county council commander of the Jefferson County Council, Second District commander of the VFW, commander of Eitoc Pup Tenet #24 M.O.C. also District #2. He was named All State Dodge County Council Commander for 1999 and All American VFW District Commander 1971.
He was a life member of the following organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Watertown Post 7852, Military of the Cooties, Pup Tent #24, Past Commanders VFW Club, The Past Commander Club of Cooties, All America Past Commander of the VFW, Amvets, Christie Brown Memorial Scholarship of the VFW National Home in Easton Rapids, Michigan, Watertown American Legion Post #189 and the firing squad and 40 et 8 Organization. He was the commander of the VFW Firing Squad of Watertown 7852 as well as commander of the City Vets Firing Squad.
He was in charge of the veteran's graves registration for the Watertown area. He also distributed flag holders to be placed on the graves of deceased veterans. For many years, he had been responsible for putting flags on the graves of veterans in conjunction with the American Legion.
Survivors include a sister, Audrey Hale of Watertown, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gladys, seven brothers and three sisters.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 611 E. Main St. Watertown
1924 - 2008
October 1, 2008
Gladys I. Altwies, 84, of Watertown, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 29, 2008, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. James Werner officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.
Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 189 will meet at the funeral home at 6 p.m. Friday.
Memorials, if desired, may be given to Lakeside Lutheran High School Operating Expense, the American Lung Association or St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church Operating Expense.
The former Gladys I. Paerschka was born in Watertown on July 29, 1924, daughter of Paul and Ella (Dahms) Paerschka. She attended St. Mark's Christian Day School, the former Northwestern College Preparatory School and Northwestern College. On July 12, 1975, Gladys married Wesley B. Altwies at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown.
She was a resident of Watertown all of her life. Gladys retired from Brandt Inc. in Watertown after 45 years of service. She was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown, its ladies aid and a member of WELS Lutheran Seniors. She was also a life member of the Clarence McGuire Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 7852, the Women's Auxiliary of Military Order of Cooties, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 189, Watertown Senior Center and AARP Chapter No. 3056. Gladys was also a member of the Northwestern College Alumni Society and St. Luke's Philanthropist Club.
She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and doing crafts. She also enjoyed helping her husband place about 2,000 flags on the surrounding cemeteries for Memorial Day.
Survivors include her husband, Wesley Altwies of Watertown; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents.
The family would like to thank Marquardt Memorial Manor and Marquardt Hospice for the care they provided.
Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown
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