Wesley E. Edes, 94, of Sunnyside, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.

He was born March 20, 1914 in Parkers Prairie, Minn. to William and Jennie Edes, the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Bertha High School in 1934 after having won the National FFA award on judging livestock. In 1939 he graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho with a degree in religion and philosophy. Following graduation he served as pastor for churches in Lamberton, Minn., and St. Maries, Idaho for the Church of the Nazarene.

Wesley married Margaret Bolin on June 24, 1943 in Lamberton, Minn. and they moved to St. Maries, Idaho in 1944, where he was pastor. In 1947, they moved to Boise, Idaho, where he taught GIs agriculture. Also, he taught in the Boise School District for 12 years. He earned a master's degree in counseling and special education from Pasadena College in 1962. Thereafter, they came to Sunnyside in 1966 and Wesley taught special education at Lincoln and Chief Kamiakin schools until he retired in 1979.

Wesley loved agriculture and became a master gardener and hobby farmer. Wes also belonged to the Yakima Rock and Mineral Club; Inventor's Club; Horizon, and served at the Union Gospel Mission. He enjoyed the great outdoors; camping and hiking at Mt. Rainier and marveling at God's creation. He lived a life of love for his Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a member of the Grandview Nazarene Church.

If you were a friend of Wesley's-you were a friend for life. He was most kind and caring, always loving and caring for people. He was passionate about teaching and seeing children and youth learn new things.

He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn and her husband, Ernie Larson; daughter-in-law, Audrey Edes; foster daughter, Teena Van Nieuwenhuizen and foster son, Allen Carpenter; his grandchildren, Heather (Larson) Farag and her husband, Ramez, Hollie (Larson) Lindner and her husband, Brain, Chad Larson, Karen and Carl Edes; and one great-grandson, Hunter Farag; his sister, Marion (101 yrs.) and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret of 61 years; his son, Gordon; his parents, William and Jennie; three sisters and three brothers, Evelyn (99), Everett (53), Hazel (99), Ethel (64), George (80), and Ralph (80).

A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held Sunday, April 13, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Memorials may be made to the Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 565, Yakima, WA 98907. Friends and family are invited to share memories, or sign Wesley's online memory book at


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