Wesley Lewis Case, 96, of Simsbury, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. A lifelong resident of Simsbury, Wesley was born September 5,1922 to the late Lewis Wesley Case and Mary McGill Case McClure.
Wesley learned fly fishing and hunting from his father; interests which lasted him his whole life. His hunting skills served him well when he joined the Marines Corps in WWII and was quickly identified as an expert marksman and assigned to teach recruits to shoot. Wesley served in the Philippines and China before the war ended. While in the Marines, he met his wife, the late Dorothy Cassel Case.
After the war, Wesley joined the fledgling Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company and rose to the rank of 1st Assistant Chief before retiring in 1980. Wesley was also a very active member in Simsbury’s America Legion Post 84, VFW Post 1926, and the Masons.
Wesley had a varied work life. After many years as a carpenter, he helped install the sewers in Simsbury, worked at the sewer plant, became a Health Inspector in Simsbury, and finally retired in 1996 (at age 74) from the Farmington Valley Health Department as a Registered Sanitarian.
With his love of the outdoors, Wesley was a life-long bee keeper, a charter member of the Simsbury Fish & Game Club (at age 16), and a member of Kingdom Game Club. He was an avid and successful hunter well into his 90s. He was also an avid fan of UConn Women’s Basketball,
Wesley’s wife of almost 70 years, Dorothy Cassel Case, died 5 years ago. Wesley is survived by his children Barbara Keehbauch (Thomas) of Griffin, GA, Lewis Case (Susan) of Framingham, MA, and Richard Case (Marilyn) of Cohoes, NY, and two grandsons, Zachary Case (Kim) and Nathaniel Case, and his cousins Suzanne Mittica of Concord, CA, Roanne LeClair of Simsbury, plus his best friend and surrogate son Michael Palmer of Simsbury, and their families.
Family and friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Wednesday, January 2nd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 3rd at 11:00 AM. Stories from Wesley’s life will be welcomed at the service. Burial will follow in the Simsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Hospital, Shriners Hospital, or Disabled American Veterans. Please visit Wesley’s "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.