Wesley Baxter Weddle

Passed away on March 26, 2013

Wesley Baxter Weddle passed away March 26, 2013. He was born in 1926 in Stewartsville, Missouri, to parents Claudia E. and James A. Weddle. The family consisted of four sons and five daughters. Wes’s wife of over sixty-four years Ethel I. Weddle and their son Zachary, age fifty-five, preceded him in death. Wes is survived by his sons Stanley J. of Denver, Colorado, Wesley T. of Kansas City; daughter-in-law Terri of Kansas City; and daughter Jane A. and husband Craig Langenberg, who reside in Brooksville, Florida. He is also survived by his sister Donna and husband Joe Glenski of St. Joseph, Missouri; grandsons Travis Weddle; Dr. Nicholas Weddle, wife Keri, great-granddaughter Solibel; granddaughter Leigh Ann Weddle; grandsons Brian Weddle, Brett and Tyler Langenberg. Wes recognizes that any accomplishments he may have helped make on this earth are due to the influence, guidance and blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Heavenly Father, God Almighty. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home on Friday, March 29. A Celebration of Wes’s life will be conducted at the South-Broadland Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1 at 7850 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Wes attended elementary school in Stewartsville, Missouri., Bliss Junior High School, and Central High School both in St. Joseph, Missouri. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, attended and graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri, and did graduate work at Central Missouri State University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Avila College. Ethel and Wes were members of South-Broadland Presbyterian Church for fifty-six years and involved with the church’s education program as well as served as deacons and elders. He was a member of the Raymore Presbyterian Church at the time of his death. Wes was privileged to have served thirty-eight years in the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District ending his educational career during the year 1985 as a secondary school principal. In 1969, Wes assisted the Local Built-Roofers Union and Contractors, establish and apprentice-training program for its members and helped run the program for twenty years. The program received national recognition for effective training of roofer apprentices. During the years of the 80’s, he and his wife formed a co-ed softball team composed of their sons and son’s wives, daughter, nieces, nephews, and their young friends. This group played softball games within the Kansas City Parks & Recreation facilities for eleven years, was competitive, and members had a BALL. Wes, in retirement volunteered as an AARP-IRS Tax Counselor for the Elderly, counselor for Medicare-Medicaid concerns, and was able to assist many person with tax and Social Security concerns. Ten years was spent helping to clean up the highways, by-ways of a small section of Interstate 435, near their home. In year 1989, Wes, with the assistance of his very capable wife Ethel and a few dedicated mature interested men softball players, founded the Kansas City Metropolitan 50+ Softball League. Wes served as president of the organization for seventeen years and then was declared Chairman Emeritus. This group had, at one time, 700 men and women members, and information about the league may be found at Ethel and Wes visited seven foreign countries and have played softball together in four of those countries. After this experience, they decided that they could play softball less expensively in the good ole U.S. of A. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Memorial Fund at South-Broadland Presbyterian Church, 7850 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64131 (816-523-7326).


  • Visitation Friday, March 29, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 1, 2013

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Mark Gomez

June 28, 2013

Just found out that Wes has left for heaven. Sorry that I did not get a chance to say goodbye. From those interesting days at West High to present, he was always a person to look up to. I will miss him and his phone calls. My prayers to the family.

Sandra Campbell

April 3, 2013

I just learned today that Wes made his transition and his services were held yesterday. While I'm happy for him, knowing that he is at peace and resting in the loving, everlasting arms of the Lord, I feel a sense of sadness for family and friends who I know already miss him. The good news is that his spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of those who cherish his memory. I remember him well during our years of partnership I helped establis between the Federal Aviation Administration, Ashland Middle School, and later Northeast Middle School. We shared many fun times working to help those bright young minds prepare for their future through our school/community partnership program. I last saw him a year or so ago and it was like a reunion. He was a wonderful soul! I am grateful that God allowed our paths to cross. To the family--I know that the light of God surrounds you; the love of God enfolds you; the power of God protects you; and, the presence of God watches over you. Wherever you are, God is, and all is well.

O'Dell Anderson

April 1, 2013

To the family of Wesley Weddle, I'm most sadden to finally hear the news of your father passing. I was fortunate to be able to visit him several times during his last two weeks of life and particularly on Sunday March 24th when he asked me to pray along with him. Mr. Weddle touched a many of lives throughout his illustrious years in education. You were a friend, educator and a father image to me and you will never be forgotten!

Frank Salas

March 29, 2013

Mr Weddle was a great influence in my life going through high school. He will be greatly missed

Bruce Lindsey

March 29, 2013

I am very sorry to read of Wes's death. We had a lot of good times together in and out of South Broadland church. Wes had a keen sense of humor and was always upbeat. I will miss him very much.

Jeanne Dupree-Ambrose

March 28, 2013

Jane, I am so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. I am praying for you and your family.

Connie (Banes) Pennell

March 28, 2013

I am sorry to hear about your loss, Mr Weddle will be missed dearly, I remember him when I was at West High where he was principle and he was so cool everyone liked him, that was the good old times. Just remember Mr Weddle is your guardian angel.


March 28, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Weddle. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Ken & Charlotte Weddle

March 28, 2013

Stan, Terry & Jane - So sorry to hear about Uncle Wes' passing - I was just thinking about him this past week. I'm so glad I got to see him and Aunt Ethel at the reunion last summer. I know they were both inspirations to a lot of people - especially kids!
You're in our prayers.
Ken & Charlotte Weddle

Joan Nickum

March 28, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of Wes's passing. I was fortunate enough to have played on one of his softball teams and remember him as a lovely, gentle person. My sympathies -