Curtis Wennes, 92, of Hesper, Iowa

Curtis Wennes

Curtis Elsworth Wennes, 92, of Hesper, Iowa, died peacefully on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa. 

He was born on June 28, 1926, in Spring Grove, to Edgar and Cora (Brunsvold) Wennes.

He attended school in Hesper, Iowa and Mabel, graduating from the Mabel High School in 1944.

On Sept. 28, 1947, he married Sylvia Wirth at the Big Canoe Lutheran Church in Highlandville, Iowa.

Following their marriage, they lived in the Hesper and Mabel area and wintered in the Mesa and Gilbert, Ariz., area.

In 1951 he started Wennes Truck Line with two straight trucks and four trailers. In 1958 he purchased property on Highway 44 in Mabel, which became the North Star gas station and Country Side Inn restaurant.

He enjoyed watching and going to NASCAR races around the United States. He later raised Welsch Ponies and enjoyed having them in parades in the tri-state area in the summer and fall and in Arizona in the winter.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sylvia; daughter, Connie (Jag) Amdahl of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; sons, Randy (Julie) Wennes of Cresco, Iowa and Tony Wennes (Charlene Selbee) of Hesper, Iowa; grandchildren, Tracy Kruse, Tim Wennes, Anita Elco, Terri Huish, Sarah Wennes, Kristen Wennes, Josh Wennes and Taylor Blaess; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Wennes and a grandson, Curt Wennes.

Funeral services for him will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Hesper Lutheran Church and on Saturday on hour prior to the service.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.