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Bill Wesslund WØBJ

William “Bill” Osborne Wess­lund 

  • 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 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.


November 2014                                                                                                                    Issue77

First I must apologize for some of the nuisance emails from our web site. It seems an upgrade to the web software added some features they thought we needed and it took me awhile to assimilate the change. (nothing new) It is nice to see more people registering with the site and eventually we will get the site humming.(a good winter project) The lost password function is now working and it seems to have been corrected magically.. If you would like something on the web site, comments or items for sale etc. Just send me an email

The first annual Nebraska Rare County Activation Special Event was held Saturday the 11th of October and about 40 counties were activated. Our three  special event stations, using NEØQP/Ø and operating portable, activated   Continue reading Mini-Watt