Wesley M. "Red" Wakefield, formerly of Cuba, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in the Wellsville Manor Hills following an lengthy illness.
Wesley was born on Feb. 13, 1923 in Chautauqua, KS and was a son of Harry and Leila Miller Wakefield. In June of 1946, he married his loving wife, Eleanor "June" Reisman, who predeceased him in 1959.
Wesley's family lived in Kansas until, he was 14 years of age. They then moved to Cuba, where Wesley went to school and graduated in 1941. While he was in high school, he played varsity football and basketball on championship teams. On July 19, 1941, Wesley enlisted in the US Army Airforce. In September of 1942, he was sent to the European theater of World War II. Wesley was then sent in to the invasion of North Africa. His unit served all the way across North Africa, then to Sardinia, Corsica, on to Naples and all the way North through Italy to Rome, where they were stationed when the war ended in 1945.
In Sept. of 1945 Wesley entered Alfred College, where he met his future wife. He never returned to college as he had started a family. During the following years, Wesley worked doing a number of things; building houses, cutting timber, operating a garage, working on the railroad, working on farms, working in plants, and etc. At this time Wesley and his wife had 4 children; Steven, Debby, Kathy, and Randy. In 1959 Wesley's wife, June, while driving a car was struck by another car and killed.
In 1961, Wesley purchased Olive Crest Park at Cuba Lake, which he operated until 1973. He tore down the pavilion and did away with the park at that time. Wesley sold the lake lots that the pavilion and park were on. While he owned Olive Crest Park, he built a place in Allegany, which was known as "The Spot." Wesley operated that for 3 years during the winter, as Olive Crest Park was open only during the summer. He sold "The Spot" to the Allegany American Legion and went into the excavating business. Wesley also bought houses and went in to the rental business. He did away with the excavating business in 2006. During these years, he met and married Judy McKinley and a child, Kelly, was born.
Wesley was a member of the Cuba American Legion and the Cuba VFW. He loved to fly his "ultra-lights."
Wesley is survived by; 5 children, Debby L. (Curtiss) Hamilton of Cuba, Steven W. (Doreen) Wakefield of CA, Kathy G. (Don) Sciotti of Scio, Randy B. Wakefield of CA, and Kelly J. Wilber of Allegany; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; 1 sister, Zora Mae Wysocki of Portville and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his loving wife, June, Wesley was predeceased by; 8 brothers and sisters.
Friends will be received at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Genesee Pkwy, Cuba on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, at which time a Funeral Service will be held. The Rev. Millard C. Cook, Interim Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Olean, will officiate. Burial will be in the Cuba Cemetery.
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