January 11, 1920 - June 10, 2017
Joseph Edward Wedlake passed away at the age of 97 on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Butte January 11, 1920 to George and Helen (O’Donnell) Wedlake, grew up in Butte and attended the Monroe School. Even as a young child Joe was intrigued by the railroad yard. He later was employed by Northern Pacific Rail Road and soon after was drafted into the US Army. Joe served from the very first day of World War II until the very last day, serving in Germany and South Africa on the railroad. When the war was over he returned to Butte and once again went to work for Northern Pacific, retiring as yardmaster. It was while at a dance at the Columbia Gardens where Joe met Lorraine Babb. They fell in love and were married in Deer Lodge on February 16, 1946. Together they had two daughters, Barbara and Bonnie. Joe and Lorraine were married 62 years when Lorraine passed away in 2008. Following her passing, Joe joined the senior league at the Star Lanes where he bowled every Thursday. He was also an avid gun collector. Due to his failing health, Joe moved to Great Falls to be near his daughter. He resided at the Rainbow Senior Living and enjoyed going to the duck pond and McDonald’s with his great-great-grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Joe was very proud that he had seven great-great-grandchildren. He enjoyed telling stories of World War II and the great town of Butte. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife, Lorraine and his daughter, Bonnie. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Graves, granddaughter, Tracy (Dwayne), grandson Mark (Richard) and granddaughter Michelle. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Megan, Shannon and Mason and his seven great-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Rockies or the Peace Hospice in Great Falls.
Joseph Edward Wedlake passed away at the age of 97 on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Butte January 11, 1920 to George and Helen (O’Donnell) Wedlake, grew up in... View Obituary & Service Information
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