Wesley Horton Chase
May 19, 1945 - September 10, 2018
Wesley Chase passed away September 10, 2018. He was born in Salem to Evelyn and Chester Chase, attended Salem schools, graduated from South Salem High School and Oregon State University. Following graduation and completing the U. S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, Wes was assigned to the Signal Corps in Karlsruhe, Germany. Upon his return he completed his M.B.A. degree at OSU before joining his father in owning and running the family wholesale food business for over 30 years. More recently Wes worked in Central Stores/Delivery for the Salem-Keizer School District, delivering goods to every school in town.
Wes was known for vigorous, early morning racquetball games at the Courthouse Fitness Center; was a blood donor for the American Red Cross and delivered lunches for Meals on Wheels. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed a good mystery. Sports played a big role throughout his life, especially OSU football and baseball and he would regale anyone who would listen to him with an animated game summary. He was a founding member of South Salem Rotary with over 30 years’ perfect attendance.
He married Linda in 1986 and was a loving and devoted husband and stepfather; boasting that their marriage was his biggest life accomplishment. Their faith, love and respect for one another grew through the years and continued to deepen during his illness. She brought her sons, Brian and Kevin Rankin, into their new family and then the fun really began that created indelible memories for everyone. He loved the boys and their families as his own, celebrated everything with them, encouraged and influenced them. Wes and Linda developed a desire for travel, often incorporating visits to family as the motivation in choosing a destination.
Wes is survived by his wife, Linda; Brian Rankin (Valerie), South Carolina; Kevin Rankin, Texas. Grandchildren: Caitlyn Fields (Connor), Chawnie Whitfield (Billy) and their children Levi and Emryz, and Collin Rankin. Sister: Marcia Wood (Chris). He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Cynthia, Phyllis and Muriel.
A celebration of Wes’ life will be held Friday, September 21, 2018, 10 a.m., at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial Street SE, Salem, Oregon.
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