Wesley George Kriege passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Prineville, Ore. He was 95 years old. Memorial services may be held at a later date.
Wes was born to August and Gladys Kriege in White River, S.D. on Nov. 20, 1917. After attending school in South Dakota, Wes was drafted into the United States Army on July 14, 1941, in Tacoma, Wash. While in the Army, Wes was stationed in Papua New Guinea and Australia. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge Per Go 23 HQ 163rd Infantry 43, Philippine Liberation Medal with One Bronze Star, and Service Star Lapel Button.
After an Honorable Discharge on Aug. 25, 1945, Wes began working on the Grand Coulee Dam as a jackhammer operator. In 1947, Wes moved to Prineville, Ore., where he began working for Alexander Stewart as a plainer man. During this time, Wes met and married the love of his life, Geraldine Blevins on Dec. 24, 1947. The couple had three daughters, Leona, Linda, and Georgia and continued to live in Prineville until they moved to Seneca, Ore.
While in Seneca, Wes worked as a plainer man at Ellingson Lumber Company and eventually was promoted to a millwright. In December of 1982, Wes retired and became a snowbird with his wife Geraldine, traveling to Apache Junction, Ariz. In April 2011, the couple moved back to Prineville where they resided until the time of his death.
Wes greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and his #1 love, Geraldine.
Wes is survived by his wife of 65 years, Geraldine; daughters: Leona (Steve) Blasingame of Bend, Ore., Linda (Fred) Fell of Prineville, Georgia (Cecil) Morin of Prineville; grandchildren: Tami Steelman-Gonzales of San Leandro, Calif., Christina Olsen of Redmond, Ore., Fred Fell Jr. of Pendleton, Ore., Marnie Fell of Prineville and Wes Kriege of Prineville; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister Donna Parker of Sisters, Ore.; brother Dick Kriege of Sisters, Ore., and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, two sisters, one brother and one infant great-grandson preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Hospice - Prineville through Whispering Pines Funeral Home 185 N.E. 4th St., Prineville, OR 97754.