William “Bill” Osborne Wesslund
William “Bill” Osborne Wesslund, 92, of North Platte, passed away Nov. 2, 2014, at his home.
Bill was born on July 17, 1922, to Martin Ludwig and Elaine Osborne Wesslund in Omaha, where he grew up. Bill graduated from Tech High School and served in the Naval Reserves while in school. He was called to active duty on March 25, 1940, and served in Hawaii, Alaska, New Guinea and the Philippines. Following his discharge in 1945, Bill returned to Omaha and his job at AT&T.
On Sept. 10, 1943, Bill married his childhood sweetheart, Ida Ruth Harris, of Omaha, in Seattle, Wash. They moved to North Platte in 1945, where Bill continued to work for AT&T/Northwestern Bell Telephone until he retired in 1974.
Bill had been a member of First Presbyterian Church for 68 years and was actively involved as an elder,
deacon and Sunday school teacher and with the Mariners Group. He was a past member of B.P.O. Elks No. 985, P.R. Halligan Post No. 163 American Legion and Telephone Pioneers. Bill was also a ham radio operator with the call letters WØDNW and was later licensed as WØBJ.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Ida; his parents, Martin and Elaine; and brother, Robert E. Wesslund.
He is survived by his ll children, Patricia R. (Thomas) Kamin, of LaVista, William J. (Mary Copenhaver) Wesslund, of Portland, Ore., Linda E. (Robert) Kamin, of Omaha, Robert J. (Connie) Wesslund, of Lincoln, David C. Wesslund, of Portland, Ore., Daniel M. (Susan) Wesslund, of North Platte, Kristen A. Perkins, of Omaha, John D. (Bernadette) Wesslund, of LaVista, Susan E. (Jeffrey) Petersen, of North Platte, Janet K. McClellen, of Omaha, and Joan M. (Mark) Claar, of Overland Park, Kan.; 17 grandchildren, Todd, Mark, Brian, Andy, Eric, Catherine, Amy, Adam, Joy, Stephanie, Stacy, Amanda, Annah, Jill, Sara, Katie and Alec; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other family.
Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or North Platte Senior Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Polly Deppen-Williams officiating. Cremation was chosen. Inurnment with military honors will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements.