Wesley George Kriege, 95, died on Friday, March 15,  in Prineville.

Wes was born to August and Gladys Kriege in White River, S.D. on Nov. 20, 1917. After attending school in South Dakota, Wes was drafted into the United States Army on July 14, 1941 in Tacoma, Wash. While in the Army, Wes was stationed in Papua New Guinea and Australia. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge Per Go 23 HQ 163rd Infantry 43, Philippine Liberation Medal with One Bronze Star and Service Star Lapel Button.

After an Honorable Discharge on August 25, 1945, Wes began working on the Grand Coulee Dam as a jackhammer operator. In 1947, Wes moved to Prineville where he began working for Alexander Stewart as a planer man. During this time, Wes met and married the love of his life Geraldine Blevins on Dec. 24, 1947. The couple had three daughters, Leona, Linda and Georgia and continued to live in Prineville until they moved to Seneca.

While in Seneca, Wes continued work as a planer man at Ellingson Lumber Company and eventually was promoted to a millwright. In December of 1982, Wes retired and became a snowbird with his wife Geraldine traveling to Apache Junction, Ariz. In April 2011, the couple moved back to Prineville where they resided until the time of his death.

Wes greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and his No. 1 love, Geraldine.

Wes is survived by his wife of 65 years, Geraldine; daughters, Leona (Steve) Blasingame of Bend, Linda (Fred) Fell of Prineville, Georgia (Cecil) Morin of Prineville; grandchildren, Tami Steelman-Gonzales of San Leandro, Calif., Christina Olsen of Redmond, Fred Fell Jr. of Pendleton, Marnie Fell of Prineville and Wes Kriege of Prineville; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Donna Parker of Sisters; brother, Dick Kriege of Sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother and one great-grandson.

Memorial services may be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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