Joseph Frank Wesley

Joseph Frank Wesley passed away April 12, 2024. He was born November 19, 1960 and lived in Kansas most of his life, but in recent years relocated to be closer to his twin brother Jim. They say twins have a special symbiotic relationship and those two boys are proof of that. He visited Kansas family and friends, usually around the holidays or special events, and his presence was always a welcome sight. Although Joe loved to call himself a Bohemian (his dad’s side of the family), he could spin a yarn like an Irishman (his mother’s side of the family), and there wasn’t a subject that he didn’t enjoy discussing, bantering about, or debating on. He loved his many nieces and nephews and they all adored him. Joe had the heart of a child and would tussle, play games, and tease them until their sides hurt from all the laughter. Joe had a special love for the Kansas countryside and all it has to offer. He was a great outdoorsman. We now make this announcement with great sadness.

With a heavy heart, Jim Wesley, Joe’s twin brother and friend shared with his family and friends the shocking news of Joe’s passing at 63 years young from his earthly life while in his sleep. Joe lived his life with a smile. He never knew a stranger and loved story telling. Joe was always ready to go fishing, eat/cook a good meal, or cheer for his favorite Kansas sports teams. He was a committed bachelor but always looking at the ladies! He will be missed by his Kansas family, his Catholic Church choir, and his friends. Joe is remembered for his high school sports success, serving his country in the Army National Guard, owning Joe’s Automart with his Dad, and working in construction, painting, and several factory jobs. He did all this despite having suffered debilitating back injuries received from a tragic motorcycle accident. He was struck by a car that pulled out on a busy road without looking carefully for cross traffic. Although the medical team said he would never walk again; Joe was resolute and determined, and as he had always persisted in sports he dug in and proved them wrong. He had the grit and determination to walk and so walk he did! Following his long recovery Joe achieved much success in being able to work and live on his own. Joe and his twin brother Jim enjoyed competing in life together and having fun. Jim exclaimed “I think we will call it a tie since he isn’t here to chime in.” We love you Joe! Rest in Peace with your Father in Heaven.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Joe Wesley. He is survived by his mother, Mary Beth Wesley; six siblings, Lisa Storm, LA Wesley, Chris Wesley, Judith Wesley, twin brother Jim Wesley, and Sister Mary Catherine (Bernadette Wesley).

A Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2024 at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. The church is located at 1000 Burr Oak Ln, Salina, KS 67401. Preceding the Prayer Service, the Sacrament of Confession will be available starting at 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28th at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.  The graveside service will follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery, and afterwards a luncheon will be served at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

Memorials to: Monastery of St. Clare, 200 Marycrest Dr., St. Louis, MO 63129.

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