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Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Wesley Rollin Bantz

February 20, 1943March 22, 2020

PEORIA - Wesley Rollin Bantz, age 77, of Peoria, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 3:29 p.m. at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, with his family by his side. Wesley was born on February 20, 1943, in Peoria, IL, to Rollin and Phyllis (Elliott) Bantz. He married the love of his life 55 years ago, Rose Marie (Wrestler) Bantz, on November 3, 1964, in Charleston, S.C., in the U.S. Navy Chapel. Wesley is survived by his daughter, Lisa Marie (Greg) Woiwode of Manito, IL; his grandchildren, Abigail Marie Starnes of Pekin, IL, Hanna Nicole Starnes of Manito, IL, and Brandon Cole Starnes of Dunlap, IL; five great-grandchildren, his Princesses, Ayla Marie Hawkins and Journey Rose Spees of Pekin, IL, Kaiden Michael and Karter Cole Hill of Manito, IL, and Ryker J.T. and Zayde G.C. Starnes of Dunlap; his brother, Everett (Jane) Bantz of Ballwin, MO; his sister, Janet (Dennis) Glavin of Peoria, IL; his stepmother, Martha Bantz of Peoria, IL; brothers-in-law, Steven (Janet) Wrestler of Colorado Springs, CO, and Dennis Wrestler of Telluride, CO; nephews, Brent (Andrea) Bantz and Ian Ferraris; and nieces, Stacy (Rory) King and Anna Glavin. Wesley was preceded in death by his father and mother, Rollin and Phyllis Bantz; his in-laws, Frank and Dorothy (Krider) Wrestler; and the greatest sadness in his life was the deaths of his dearly beloved wife, Rose Marie (Wrestler) Bantz in 2013, and their only son, Steven George Bantz in 2012. The greatest joy in his life was all the time he spent with his family. He loved to be outside, swimming, riding the golf cart and playing with his grandchildren. He was the rock of his family and taught us all many important and good life skills. He was always there and helped his family and friends when anyone needed anything. He was a Big Teddy Bear with a True Heart of Gold. Wes and Rose loved to host family events. For many years, family and neighborhood children enjoyed their Halloween walks and Easter Egg Hunts. Wesley was raised in Yates City, IL, and was a proud graduate of the Class of 1961. He then proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1966 on the USS Luce DLG-7 as a Petty Officer SK-2. He then went on to become a proud member and BA of Carpenters Local #183, then Millwrights Local #1051 member, on the negotiating committee and an Apprentice Training Judge. Wesley was very honored and proud to receive his 50th year membership pin. After working various Union jobs, he started Mid-America Systems, Inc. (MAS) from his home garage in 1982. He was the sole Founder/Owner/President and CEO of Mid-America Systems (MAS) for 38 years, continuing to grow into the successful business it is today. MAS was his "baby" "team" and "family!" He was a passionate, honest and hard working man his whole life. He would give you the shirt off his back and always took care of his family, friends and employees. He was a huge NASCAR fan. Wesley was a Charlotte Motor Speedway Club Permanent Seat Holder, since 1964. He enjoyed going to many NASCAR races with his friends and hosting his annual NASCAR parties. GO FAST TURN LEFT! Wesley was formerly the Peoria Civic Chorale President, as well as the President of the Dunlap Booster Club. He also sponsors a Scholar Award every year in honor and memory of his son, Steve, to the most academically gifted 4-year football player at Dunlap High School. Due to the current circumstances of social distancing, private graveside services will be at Mt. Hawley Cemetery in Peoria on Thursday, March 26. We will be planning a celebration of life in the upcoming months with great hopes to hear all of your favorite memories with Wes and truly remember the remarkable man he was. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. You may view Wes's obituary online at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

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Cliff Bateman

March 28, 2020

Lisa,

My condolences go out to you and your family. Although I was a member of the class of '63 at Elmwood High, I didn't get to know your father until our class started having annual class reunions. Getting a chance to visit with Wes at those gathering was always a treat for me. Your father had many positive attributes, but two always stood out to me - CARING and GENUINE! He will certainly be missed by all of us at future reunions.

May God comfort you and your family,
Cliff & Mary Bateman

Bob Unes

March 28, 2020

Lisa and family
I am truly sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was one of the nicest guys I knew! He always had a kind word and was always willing to help however he could.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visits with him, and sadly I know now there was not enough of them.
I spoke to him right after he was released from the rehab center this last time. He joked and laughed at how they practically just pushed him out the door to the waiting van and then locked the door behind him! They were going into their isolation mode and he said he was lucky to get out!
He was excited about his new handicap accessibility van, hoping to be able to have someone drive him around a little more, even though he loved sitting in his sunroom than he built for Rose and looking out at his expansive backyard and all the nature!
I know how much he loved his family and HOW MUCH HE LOVED ROSE! I am so happy he is with her and Steve again!
Lisa, you were his Hero! He told me how proud he was of you for stepping up and learning the business and running it like you did, all while you were juggling your own family life.
Wes and I met several years ago through work and instantly became friends. I will truly miss him.

Pierce Vanne

March 27, 2020

Tremendously sorry for your loss! Wes was a great man and a great neighbor. We will certainly miss him dearly.

Dianna Beaird

March 26, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss. I so much enjoyed visiting with him. I always looked forward to the family reunions at their house Your mom and him had a special connection and love that was something to admire. Just learned of his passing today. Please let us know when you are planning his celebration. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Wanda Andrews

March 26, 2020

My sincere condolences to Lisa and all of Wes’ family. He was truly a wonderful and generous man. He was a β€œBoss and a Dear Friend to my husband. He will be missed.

Marlane Lang

March 26, 2020

Lisa and family, I am so sorry to learn about your dads passing. We have so many good memories from the good old days going all the way back to grade school through foot ball at Dunlap. So many fun times after the games. I know he will be missed. The blessing is he will be with the love of his life and his wonderful son. So sorry ,Lisa!

Scott Shults

March 25, 2020

In Memory of WES BANTZ # 68 ....
May Our Lord Bless and Comfort the "Bantz Family" and Friends During this Time of Grief .....
Please Accept Our Sincere Condolences from All of Our "Members & Friends" of the Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club & Hall of Fame .....
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Edward Johnson

March 25, 2020

To Wesley’s Family,
I am very sad to read of Wesley’s passing. As an Electrical Engineer in Facility Engineering at the Caterpillar Mossville Engine Center, I had the privilege of meeting and working with Wes on many projects from the middle nineteen eightys until I retired October 31, 2008. I think of those years as the good times. Wes was a β€œget it done” person. Wes made a number of my engine test cell projects a success! After I retired, the last time I saw and talked to Wes was at the Life Styles Hair Salon in Northgate Park. I know it was a Thursday because my wife, Diana, always has her haircut and/or styled on a Thursday.
I hope your many happy memories will help you get through this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Ed Johnson
Peoria, IL.

Terri German

March 25, 2020

I got to know him at the nursing home when I visited my dad and he was visiting Don Elliott, he was a very nice man. Prayers for his family.

Stacy King

March 24, 2020

Uncle Wes had the biggest heart and always wanted to make people happy, a teddy bear is an understatement! I see that trait in his daughter Lisa as she took care of him over the last couple of years.
He never missed an event that was important to me or my family! He always celebrated our events with us in person even though they lived 4 hours away or more!
I remember summer time in his backyard, I loved the pool and playing with their Alaskan Malamutes. My most favorite times were when I was allowed to drive the golf cart around their property, I would drive as fast as I could even though my feet barely reached the pedals.
I enjoyed getting essential presents from him at Christmas with the logo MAS, a measuring tape or a screwdriver and a fresh calendar every year. I was fortunate to talk to him often over the last few years, especially when he wasn't working as much. We always laughed and sometimes cried but always enjoyed our chats! He was always the first person to update me on the Broncos and the Denver Weather, even before my dad did, so much so that I felt I didn't even need to turn on the news when I would get home!
Uncle Wes, I will miss you alot and am blessed to have another angel watching over my family as I know you will keep a close look out on us! I know you are reunited with your beautiful wife and your loving son who you have been missing so much these last years of your life. You are no longer in pain and for that I am thankful. You get to enjoy life again as you used to and bring smiles to many faces just as we used to do at your family gatherings! Much love, Your niece Stacy and family..... THE KING CLAN

FROM THE FAMILY