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Wesley Karg VanScoy
FlagWesley Karg VanScoy, 89, was carried by the angels into his heavenly home Wednesday, August 19, 2020. God's promise of everlasting life through his precious son Jesus Christ, gave Wes the faith he would have much to look forward to in this next trip he embarked on. The celebrations with his family and friends who await will be an amazing reunion. †Wesley was born on August 12, 1931, (at 4pm according to his mother)!

With arms open we know he was greeted in heaven also by his beloved wife, Barbara Jane Evilsizer VanScoy, his parents: Wesley Lawrence and Lucielle Karg VanScoy, his brothers: Ronald and Richard, and sisters: Rosemary Markley and LaDonna Bailey; and he will meet a tiny great-granddaughter, Sophia Jade Wilkins.

Mourning their cherished Dad, are his three children: Bill (Sonie) VanScoy, Karen (Walt) Walker, and Rita (Randy) Patton. Wes lives on through the branches of our family tree in nine grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

From an appreciation of history and family heritage, Wes knew his fourth great grandfather was a Revolutionary war soldier of the Augusta Co. Virginia Military as a calvary man in 1758. Wes also was born with a farming gene from his 7x Great grandfather who arrived from the Netherlands and purchased land along the Hudson River in New York in the mid-1600s.

Wes honored his country by proudly serving in the United States Air Force from May 1950-May 1954. He enlisted as an 18-year-old man and returned as a weatherman and survivor of being stationed on a floating iceberg, T-3. His life was a journey and his trips began on that train to TX for basic training.

Wes graduated from the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, IN. While earning money for college he worked for Goodyear in Akron. With a Mechanical Engineering degree he first worked for TRW in Cleveland, then GM, followed by Marion Power Shovel where he was employed from 1962- 1996.

Traveling the world, seeing many sights, meeting many people, and telling stories of his adventures helped his family broaden their world too. Coming home again was always the highlight and cause to rejoice. He brought souvenirs from Australia, South Africa and others while his children spun the globe following him.

Wes left many talents with his family and the music will play on with his children, grandchildren and even a few of the great grands! His artistic and drawing/drafting skills are also alive in the lives of his children and grandchildren and even through the crayons of his great grands. The love of wood and making things with his hands has been passed down too many of the grandchildren. The appreciation of Godís green earth is deeply rooted and shared by children and grandchildren.

The small farm he called home was the most precious trip he made after he persistently worked to return to this piece of paradise following a heart attack and surgery in April.

The family will celebrate the life of Wes with a memorial service at the LaRue United Methodist Church on Sunday, August 23 at 2pm. Pastor Mike Raypholtz will officiate.

All memorials may be made to the LaRue UM Trustee Fund, 166 N. High St, LaRue, PO Box 327, LaRue, OH 43332. †

Anyone who is healthy and feels comfortable are invited to share with us; and the family does understand that some may feel safer to simply share a note instead. In this land of freedom, please feel free to wear a mask or not depending on your own needs.

A private burial will be held under the shade of that ol' tree where he will once again be beside his gal, Barbara.

Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue will be assisting the family.

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#1 from: Marilyn & Phil Koenig
Findlay, OH
Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 2:31 PM

Dear Karen & Walt & family,
Our world lost a great man, and you lost a treasured dad, granddad, and great granddad!  You were such faithful  servants to your dad. Well done!  May you find peace in knowing he is home, again!
May God bless you during this difficult time!
The Koenig Family

#2 from: Jim & Judi Humphrey
Decatur, Illinois
Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 3:24 PM

I knew Wes.  Better than most Iíd like to think.  He was first and foremost my mentor, he was, a couple of times, my supervisor and most certainly my friend.  He was the only boss I ever had who I knew was smarter and wiser than I was.  He also shared that knowledge and made me smarter, well at least look smarter.  He had a true open-door policy.  When I first came to the Shovel in 1982, I didnít know half as much about draglines as I thought I did.  But, whenever I wanted to learn more I knew I could interrupt whatever Wes was working on and heíd stop, invite me to sit and get out his pipe, and I would learn.   I wrote a chapter in a text book from what I learned from Wes, Iím still riding those laurels.  I include that achievement on my resume today.

I travelled the world with Wes, watching him impress engineers, solve problems and make Marion Power Shovel the premier dragline manufacturer in the world.  He was one of the greatest dragline engineers ever, thatís undebatable. He was a Shovel legend who influenced machine design, and a generation of dragline engineers.  The only draglines built in the last 20 years were ones that Wes had a hand in designing.  Iím confident the last dragline standing will be one of Wesí, but that will be many decades from now.  I too became something of specialist in draglines, thanks to Wes, and it created career opportunities that made me who I am today.  He was also a gentle, humble person, both traits I wish I had learned from him.  I never knew him raise his voice, say a cross word about another person, or lose his cool.  Most of us can only dream of such a legacy.

He also taught me a little about farming and sheep. Trivia perhaps, but knowledge I pull out from time to time that again, makes me look smarter than I am.  He let me hunt on his property and I harvested my first deer with a bow the woods behind his house.  It was an all day tracking affair, involving Wes and Barb as well as some friends, an airplane and a pickup truck.  A long story for a different day.  But I still have the picture of that deer and me, in the back of Wesí old pickup truck.  The antlers and picture hang above my workbench today, a cherished memory, thanks to Wes.

Judi and I want to extend our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy, and rest assured, I will never forget Wes VanScoy.

#3 from: Judi Elsasser
Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 12:53 PM

Thinking of you and all your family with sincere sympathy.

#4 from: Tanyce Addison
Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 7:28 PM

Our deepest sympathies to all of you.  Your parents leave a beautiful legacy.

#5 from: Steve Evilsizer
Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 8:12 PM

Although I have many great memories of Uncle Wes I believe what I will always remember most is that he was always smiling and laughing (as was Aunt Barb). They always seemed to be having a good time and never took themselves to serious. Their sense of humor and love for family were always on display.  Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Love, Steve and Yvonne

#6 from: Family of Todd & Sarah McKinniss
LaRue, Ohio
Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 9:59 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you remember the life of a great man. God Bless.

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