Wesley Blount McAtee
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Wesley Blount McAtee, 94, formally of Hamilton, IL passed away peacefully at 3:40 P.M. on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born June 9, 1920 in Springville, IA, the son of Marion “Mac” and Ruby Blount McAtee. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1938. He was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Rand on August 30, 1941 in Paris, MO. She preceded him in death on March 17, 2006.
Wesley proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant during World War II, stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. Returning from the war, he graduated from Gem City Business College, in Quincy under the G.I. Bill. That led to a 45 year career in bookkeeping and banking, the last 25 years as President and Chairman of the Board of Security State Bank, Hamilton. Wesley was very civic minded and held numerous community positions such as Hamilton Public Library Trustee, Hancock County Building Commissioner, Montebello Township Trustee and Election Judge. He was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church where he was a Deacon and Elder. He was a member of the VFW Post #5256 where he was Quartermaster for many years. And he was a Master Mason in the Black Hawk Masonic Lodge #238. One of Wes’s passions in life was the family cabin on the Mississippi River in Warsaw, where he enjoyed having parties and giving boat rides to family and friends. He was an avid golfer for much of his life and enjoyed reading Westerns and completing cross-word puzzles. In his younger days he enjoyed tennis, hunting fishing and gardening. He and his wife Betty loved to have parties, travel and spend time with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their friends.
He is survived by sons Ron (Kate) of Springfield Larry (Marge) of Elizabethtown, KY, grandsons Wesley of Valdez, AK and Perry (Shannon) of Springfield, step-granddaughter Katie Beth Weakly (JR) of Springfield, eight great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters, a nephew and a niece and her family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 65 years, a sister, Jean McAtee Leffler and a brother-in-law Marcellus Leffler.
The family wishes to acknowledge the compassionate and loving care provided by the staff of Hickory Grove Apartments, Carthage and Regency Nursing Home and Memorial Medical Center, Springfield over the last two years of Wesley’s life.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Hamilton with Pastor Bob Wagner officiating. Family will meet with friends between 9:00 A.M. and the time of the service on Thursday at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Warsaw.