Harry Theodore Wehling, 85, of Sister Bay, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2013 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay with family at his side after a brief illness. He was born on February 13, 1927 in Broken Bow, NE to Frank and Mary (Pelster) Wehling.
Harry moved to Denver, CO in 1942 with his family where he graduated from St. Joseph’s high school. Prior to his graduation Harry enlisted with and then joined the Merchant Marines before transferring to the U.S. Coast Guard where he served in the South Pacific and Alaska during WWII. After his tour of duty Harry worked for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and studied mechanical engineering drafting under the G.I. Bill. On April 1, 1951 he met Joanne Kodanko in Denver and they were united in marriage on June 11, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor. Harry lived in and worked out of the Denver area as a mechanical design draftsman for the Adolf Coors Company and the engineering firm Cameron & Jones. In 1965 they moved to Door County and bought the Kodanko family farm. Harry farmed, worked as a carpenter and later became a licensed driller-blaster employed by Paschke Drilling & Blasting and Kasbohm Custom Drilling. He was a union member of the Operating Engineers Local 139.
After his retirement in 1989 Harry enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling with his wife, playing golf and refining his skills as a lapidarist. He was a member of Stella Maris Catholic Church in Sister Bay and was a longtime member and past adjutant of American Legion Post 527.
Harry leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Joanne; son, John (Linda) Wehling; grandchildren, Libby and Breighly Wehling; brother, Herman Wehling of Arvada, CO; sister, Mary Frances Perry of Denver, CO; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Wehling; his parents, Frank and Mary Wehling; and two brothers, Paul and Joseph Wehling.
The Wehling family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Unity Hospice, Bellin Hospital I.C.U. and Fourth Floor medical staff for the care and compassion Harry received.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. at Stella Maris Catholic Church in Sister Bay on Saturday, January 26, 2013 followed by a Memorial Mass with military honors at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Go-Bo Foundation c/o Door County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 802, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 in Harry’s memory. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.caspersonfuneralhome.com/.