Oldest man in Illinois dies at age 112

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Wash Wesley

Wash Wesley

MAYWOOD, Ill. — If you were to call Wash Wesley and ask him how his day was going, his typical response would be, “I’m doing fine, thanks to the good Lord.”

Wesley died Saturday, Nov. 14 from short illness at the age of 112 and was believed to be the oldest man in Illinois.

He was born January 21, 1903 in Ferriday, Louisiana to John and Luella Wesley and moved to the city of Maywood, Illinois in 1950 where he worked for Elmwood Park Ford and Oak Park Arms for many years.

Though he is survived by no living wife or children, Wesley was a very active deacon at Second Baptist Church and was well known throughout the community for being a man of devout faith and strong independence.

The 112-year-old had no objects to assist him such as canes, hearing aids, or walkers and was described as a person who did everything himself from cooking and cleaning to dancing and driving.

The mayor of Maywood, Edwenna Perkins, has recognized his birthday every year and Wesley will be long remembered as a figure of great wisdom and enthusiasm for life.

Funeral services will take place Sunday, Nov. 22 at Second Baptist Church at 436 S 13th Ave. in Maywood. Pre-pass will be 4-6 p.m., visitation will be 6-7 p.m. and the homecoming service will follow from 7-8 p.m.

Wesley will be buried Monday, Nov. 23 and attendees are invited to meet at Wallace Broadview Funeral Home before traveling to Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, 4301 W. Roosevelt Road, Hillside, Illinois.

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