Lawrence Joseph "Mike" Weskamp, 82, died Thursday (Jan. 24, 2002) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
He was born March 25, 1919, to Fred Paul and Katherine Marie (Vontz) Weskamp at Danbury where he grew up and graduated from rural school.
He began farming and working on the dam at Ogallala before entering the U. S. Army, where he received his General Equivalency Diploma and served as gun pointer and gun commander while in the United States and the European Theater during World War II. He received an honorable discharge Jan. 29, 1946.
On Feb. 17, 1947, he married Delyla Schneider at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Frontier County. They farmed north of McCook before moving to a farm and ranch in Hayes County. He retired and the couple moved back to McCook in 1983.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, McCook Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He served on school boards, drove a school bus and was a member of a wagon train.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Bernard, Leo, James and Delbert Weskamp; and one sister, Irene Lebsack.
Survivors include his wife, Delyla of McCook; two daughters, Carolyn and husband, Charles Gregorius of Lincoln, and Rose Cox of Lawton, Okla; one son, Kent Weskamp of Culbertson; two brothers, Theodore and wife, Donna Weskamp of Canon City, Colo., and Donald and wife, Judy Weskamp of North Platte; three sisters, Florence Modrell of McCook, Ilene Porth of El Paso, Ill., and Mary Lou Harned of Tulsa, Okla.; and five grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with the Rev. Gary Brethour officiating. Interment, with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
The rosary will be recited today, 7 p.m., at Herrmann Funeral Home.
Friends may call at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Nursing Home.
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.