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Wesley T. Vosper

Wesley Thomas Vosper, age 89, passed away peacefully December 8, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19.  He was born October 10, 1931 in Neche, North Dakota to Roy and Ruth Vosper.  On December 27, 1960, he married his true love, Ruth Small who preceded him in death in 2007.


There weren’t many great men like him in this world, and he was one of the best human beings we’ve ever known. Blind to people’s social status, Wes loved people and never met a stranger; everyone in the world, to him, was just a friend he hadn’t met yet.  A man’s man, he loved watching John Wayne movies and listening to Johnny Cash, but also baked incredibly delicious Juneberry pies. Blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, he loved to joke and tease—even in his final hours he was spreading joy and laughter to others. Wes’ Batman costume made many appearances over the years which was appropriate, because he was a superhero to his family and friends.


Wes grew up on a farm outside Neche, ND.  Following high school, he worked odd jobs and went to school in Wahpeton, ND.  In 1951, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served as a C-119 crew chief at Patrick Air Force Base, FL over the next four years.  Following his discharge in 1955, he returned home spending the summers farming and the winters working for defense contractors in Washington/California as well as pursuing a degree in Agricultural Engineering from NDSU in Fargo.  After marrying and starting a family, Wes focused primarily on farming until he retired in the mid-1990s.  Post-retirement, Wes and Ruth relocated to Arizona for the winter months—expanding their network of friends and capitalizing on the closeness of family.


The patriarch of an incredible family, Wes is survived by his daughter Leslie and husband Stan of Colorado Springs CO, son Todd of Coronado CA, son Craig and wife Sara of Loretto MN, and son Jon and partner Armando of Phoenix AZ; nine grandchildren, Miriam, Vanessa, Wesley, Wyatt, Cole, Savannah, Isabella, Emily and Tommy; great-grandson Atticus; siblings June, Herb, Doreen, and Ruth; as well as his many nieces and nephews. Wes was preceded in death by his loving wife Ruth and beautiful daughter-in-law Mindy. 


Wes’ family was not solely defined by shared bloodlines.  He was so incredibly proud and humbled to begin and end his life story surrounded by his Neche family.  Carol, Mona/Bill, Kirk/Angie and many others touched his life through kindness and generosity and Wes loved you all very much.


Please join us for a visitation from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13 at the Askew Funeral Home, 209 Elizabeth Street, Cavalier ND.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed.  The burial will be private, but the family plans to have a celebration of life in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in support of the City of Neche.  The family will work with the city to determine an appropriate use of the funds.  Please make checks out to “City of Neche” and send to Wes Vosper Memorial Fund, c/o Leslie Sheley, 5774 Cisco Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80924.

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My uncle Wes was one of the best people Ive ever known and I loved him very much. I have so many wonderful memories of him and Ill treasure them always. Its impossible for me to think of Uncle Wes and not smile. Thats what Ill remember most - the laughter and the love. I cant think of a time when I wasnt happy to see him walk into the room. I always felt happy, safe, and loved with him. Rest In Peace Uncle Wes. I love you.

Laura Linde Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks for being the best father a daughter could ever want. You taught me to be kind, loyal, honest and to work hard. You and mom taught us that family is everything. And because of the way you treated mom, I married someone who is respectful, fun and a great provider; just like you! It was too soon for you to go but thats the selfish part of me speaking; Im glad youre at peace and happy! Hi to everyone with you, cant wait to give you a big hug and love you and miss you terribly!

Leslie Sheley Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

May the love and prayers around you provide comfort and peace through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

Rachel (Lupien) Salwei Dec 14 2020 12:00 AM

Leslie, Todd, Craig, Jon and families: My hear aches with yours. Your Dad was a wonderful man. So kind and caring. Always teasing. Many memories with our families together. He is reunited with your Mom - what a wonderful thing! May all the memories you have as a family help ease your pain! Love you all

Jamie Stockton Dodd Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

I am glad I got to know Grandpa Vosper and will always be grateful how warm and welcoming he was during my sister's funeral services.

Artie Williams

Artie Williams Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

I am pretty sure I was Wes' favorite son-in-law. I was lucky enough to become a family friend before marrying into the Vosper clan; however, even before I married Leslie, Wes and Ruth treated me like family. There are a couple of words that describe Wes for me: 1) Honorable - if you did the right things, you and Wes were going to get along just fine; 2) Funny (with a touch of ornery) - Wes loved to kid around....he would tease me about lots of things (NOTE: the teasing was well-deserved) and wasn't opposed to playing the well-timed practical joke; 3) Family - Always his #1 priority.....his family adored him and he adored them in return.....he would do anything for family; 4) Humble - he could do almost anything and was one of the smartest men I have ever met, but you would never know it because he never, ever boasted. He used to dress up like Batman and we all had great fun with his superhero hijinks--but on a serious note, did you ever see Wes Vosper and Batman in the same room? I think he actually may have been the Caped Crusader! Love you Wes and thanks for letting me be part of the family.

Stan Sheley Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

Your Dad was a great man and we were lucky enough to have him as our neighbor for so many years. Rest In Peace Wes. Well miss you dearly.

Bill & Ramona Henschel Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to the entire family. While I never had the pleasure of meeting Wes, I have heard several stories from working with Craig and Cole. I know that he was a great man because I see the qualities he instilled in his family: integrity, kindness, compassion, humor, hard work, friendship... His legacy will live on through all of you.

Shane Oswald Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to all of Wes's family. We were very blessed with having Wes and Ruth for our next door neighbors for many years. They were both amazing people .
Bruce and Patti Kalliokoski

Bruce kalliokoski Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

Wes's Family, I did not know your father very well but what I knew of him was that he was a kind and soft spoken man. I worked with your Mom at the Pioneer Rest Home in Bathgate a long time ago. I remember when she would talk about him how her eyes would light up. They are now joined together in a place where there is no pain. My you all share stories/memories that bring joy to your hearts and strength to face tomorrow. Our deepest sympathy to all of you, Don & Michelle (Hardy) Murray

Michelle Murray Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM

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