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Wesley "Wes" E. Wedge
Services were held for Wesley "Wes" Ernest Wedge, 77, of Gig Harbor, Wash. He died Sept. 20, 2010.

Born Sept. 15, 1933 in Modesto to Ernest and Adeline Wedge with twin brother, Winfred, Wes grew up on the family dairy farm in Ceres. Wesley Wedge began his life-long passion for football by playing for the Ceres High School team. Wesley was also an accomplished trombonist, playing on state and national orchestras. Wes and his brother, Win, both earned athletic scholarships to Stanford University, playing for the 1952 Rose Bowl team and serving as captain of the JV squad. He was also a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and upon graduation was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry. After serving with Battalion Landing Team 3/3 in Okinawa, Japan and the Mediterranean during the Suez Canal Crises in November of 1956, and following a stint as the aide de camp to Lt. Gen Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, Wes returned to Stanford to earn his master's degree in business. It was then he met and married Janet Tucker and began a landmark career in the manufacture of concrete and asphalt saws.

In 1968, Mr. Wedge formed Wedge Co., in Des Plaines, Ill., helping build many of America's freeways and airport runways. He raised his family in Bremerton, Wash., and following his divorce from Janet and the conclusion of Wedge Co. in the mid-1990's, Wes became a marketing manager for General Tool, Inc. In 2008 Wed moved to Gig Harbor to live with daughter Jacquie Goodwill. Later, Wesley lived at the Merrill Gardens community, and served as president of their resident council.

He leaves behind his two daughters, Jacquie Goodwill and Ann Swarens; and three grandchildren, Samuel Goodwill, Tucker Swarens and Kelly Swarens; and his twin brother, Win Wedge. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Howard Wedge.

Remembrances may be sent to the Franciscan Foundation at, or by calling (253) 428-4511.

-Ceres Courier/ October 6, 2010