Wesley Ben Overturf

Son of Wayne and Marge (nee Gridley) Overturf, Wesley Ben Overturf passed away Nov. 30, 2006 at age 48.

He is survived by his parents; his sister, Dr. Darcy (Kent Erdmann) Overturf; nieces Leila and Jessica Erdmann; and nephew Jason Erdmann.

He graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1976. He lived in Stevens Point seven years while attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and majoring in psychology. In 1993 and 1994, he attended Waukesha County Technical College and earned a degree in computers. The past three years he has taken nursing classes at night school.

In 1982, he earned a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. In recent years, he became an avid runner using local trails. He started backpacking in Yellowstone National Park with Methodist youths. He loved canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. He was an avid gardener with a great green thumb. He enjoyed traveling to Jordan, Greece, Israel, Poland, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, England and Spain. He spent two years in Haiti for a work camp with locals. He went to Huitzelan, Mexico for a Wisconsin Methodist work camp and also to McCurdy School in New Mexico. He helped take clothing to the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. He loved life and felt like he lived a full life but was looking forward to his next chapter.

He formerly was married to Debbie Overturf. He formerly was employed at Patís Heating and before his death at Paragon Development in Oconomowoc.

A special thank you goes to all his friends and caregivers who helped him. He had a positive attitude throughout his illness.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2006 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oconomowoc. A time for reflection will be held after the service.

Memorials to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association would be appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Service, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc, is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459.