Wesley Leland Ohrenberg

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wesley Leland Orhrenberg, 83, of Springfield, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Springfield due to complications from heart disease.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 1415 South Holland Street in Springfield. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church. In lieu gifts or flowers, please send donations to the Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md. For information about the Children’s Inn, please go to childrensinn.org/about-the-inn.

Wesley was born on Sept. 8, 1936, in Concordia, and grew up on a farm with his parents and two brothers. When he started school, he did not know English, as they only spoke German at home. He went to a one-room schoolhouse and helped the teacher instruct the younger students. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from June 1955 to June 1957 at Fort Bliss, Texas. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant. He spent his working career in the accounting field and served the church in that capacity as well. On Oct. 1, 1960, he married Ruth Schmohe. In 1976, he moved the family to Springfield for a job at Associated Electric Coop. He retired as their Director of Finance in January of 1998.

Wes was a very wise man with a very strong work ethic. He expected perfection from himself and set a high bar for others. He did not have a bad word to say about anyone. He had a dry sense of humor and you had to pay attention because he also had a poker face.

He made sure that his family wanted for nothing. He took them on vacations to the mountains, beach, and Disney/Epcot. We enjoyed Royals games, Starlight Theatre, Ice Capades, the circus, and lots of mini-golf.

He loved playing golf and cards, pitch in particular. Some of his favorite memories were golfing and bowling vacations with friends. He loved donuts, blueberries, cocoanut, fried potatoes with chocolate milk, and salmon salad with bread, butter and jelly. If you want to buy him a drink, order an old fashioned.

Wesley is survived by his wife Ruth Ohrenberg; daughter and son-in-law, David and Chrislyn Rider; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Shannon Ohrenberg; granddaughters Genna and Ivy Ohrenberg; two brothers; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was proceeded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley.