Wesley Wingert, 94

Wesley Laverne Wingert, 94, formerly of Wabash, died at 6 am, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at his home in North Manchester.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1926, in Bonfield, Ill., to Paul Daniel and Bessie Elizabeth (Schreffler) Wingert.

Wes was a 1944 graduate of Sheldon High School in Sheldon, Ill. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Phillipine Sea. While serving in the U.S. Navy he accompanied Admiral Byrd on his ship to the Antartic. Wes placed the US Flag on the Antartic.

He married Norma Lee Pottenger in Wabash on May 14, 1950. He was a mechanical engineer at GenCorp 32 and a half years retiring in 1986.

Wes was a member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church, a former member of the Breakfast Exchange Club, and the founding director of the Old Boys Toys. He enjoyed woodworking, carving, carpentry work, and designed and built his own home as well as his own furniture. Wes refurbished 12 antique tractors and drove them in local parades.

He also participated in the WWII Honor Flight. He was a good husband, dad, and grandpa. 

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Norma Lee Wingert of North Manchester; son, Dan (Jane) Wingert of Winter Haven, Fla.; grandson, Christopher Wingert of Orlando, Fla., and his sister, Eleanor May Nolin of Cissna Park, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Duane Wingert, who died Oct. 10, 2011.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor John Cook officiating.

Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 1-2pm Thursday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is WWII Honor Flight.

The memorial guest book for Wesley may be signed at

Posted on 2021 Aug 31