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Wesley Dean Idso

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Wesley Dean Idso, 83, of Chatfield, Minn., died on Saturday December 14, 2013 from complications of Alzheimers Disease at Chatfield Care and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been a resident since April of 2012.

Wesley was born on June 13, 1931 in Alden, Iowa., the second son born to Torval and Minnie (Lehmeier) Idso. When Wes was just a toddler, Torval packed the family into a small car, in the middle of winter, and made the move to the Pleasant Grove area, where Wes would spend the rest of his life. He attended rural schools and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1949. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1951, serving most of his duty as a radioman aboard the USS Cassien Young in the Mediterranean. Following his discharge in 1953 he returned to Pleasant Grove to farm. Wesley married Joan Ready on December 16, 1956 at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and thus began a partnership that spanned the next 57 years. They farmed for a number of years, before moving to Rochester and after a time living there, moved to rural Chatfield, Minn. where they built a house and have continued to make their home. Wes was employed at Mayo Clinic’s Institute Hills and at Marigold Dairy, both in Rochester. Joan was employed for 9 years at Donaldson’s Department Store in Rochester and was a 27 year employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Following his retirement, Wes was free to pursue his hobby of collecting toys and building scale replica steam tractors and threshing machines. His tinkering was raised to an art form and some of his replicas and dioramas were featured in national magazine articles and newspapers and included in local history museums. His collection knew no bounds and eventually took up a good portion of the basement. His dream to open a museum for his collection came to fruition in 1989 in Harmony, MN where he and Joan owned and operated the Harmony Toy Museum until Wes’s health made him retire for good. He enjoyed family vacations to historical sites, reading, going to coffee, visiting and time spent with family during the holidays and get-togethers.

Wesley is survived by his wife – Joan and was the proud father of 6 children – Greg (DelMarie) of Kasson, Minn.; Jeff (Sarah) of Rochester, Minn.; Doug of Rochester; Julie (Lon) Golberg of Rochester; Jennifer (Tony) Christanson of Goodhue, Minn.; Steve (DaNett) of Rochester; and proud grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers - Dale, Wayne and Herb, 1 granddaughter and 2 great grandchildren.

The funeral service for Wesley will be at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove, Minn. with Rev. Isaac Karow officiating.

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