Sterling resident Wes Nedele died Monday, March 10, 2008, at his home. He was 73.
A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church on the Sterling Highway in Sterling. Pastor Bob Reasner will officiate. Mr. Nedele's ashes will be scattered at the Cooper Landing Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Nedele was born April 25, 1934, in Indiana, to Kenneth L. and Irene (Zagyva) Nedele. He grew up and received his education in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. In the early 1950s, he moved to California and had his own trucking business. He moved to Oregon in 1964 and started working in logging. He worked in logging for a few years and then started as a long-haul truck driver. He drove trucks for most of his working life.
In later years, Mr. Nedele worked in commercial fishing with his sons, John and Jim. After retiring in July of 2000, he continued to work part time as a truck driver. He moved to Alaska in 2004.
He enjoyed hunting and telling stories to anybody who would listen.
"He liked fixing anything he could get his hands on. He was always creating something, whether it was a gun holster to fixing chainsaws. He was very good at coming up with ideas in his head and then making those ideas a reality," his family said.
Mr. Nedele was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Kate Fitzpatrick.
He is survived by his sons, John of Oregon, Jim of Massachusetts, and Michael whose whereabouts are unknown; daughter, Kathi Overpeck of Sterling; several grandchildren; and his companion of 10 years, Phyllis Christopherson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 781, Sterling, AK 99672.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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