In Memory of Wesley Luke Dion

With profound sorrow and cherished memories, we bid farewell to our beloved Wes, who peacefully passed away on March 25th, 2024, after a courageous battle with MS and cancer. Surrounded by his devoted family, he left behind a legacy of love, laughter, and an unwavering commitment to his country and those he held dear.

Born in Lakota, North Dakota on September 9th, 1951, son of Luke and Martha (Kaliff) Dion. Wes was not only a loving father and grandfather, but also a proud retired Air Force veteran. His love for his country and his military service ran deep, shaping both his character and his dedication to his loved ones.

Wes leaves behind his 3 adoring children: Gerald Dion and wife Kelli of Oregon, Julie Lupro and her husband Scott of Maryland, and Susan Dion and partner Heather MacKay of New Mexico. Wes is survived by his brothers, Peter and his wife J.D, Kurtis and his wife Lori, and sisters, Gail and her husband Don Hanson, Peggy and her husband Ron Eversvik, Betty Legacie, Lela Korstad Simpson, and Vicki Twinning. Wes is also survived by his 8 Grandchildren Jacob, Allyson, Hunter, Alyssa, Desirae, Jonathan, Trenton and Kayla; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Anthony and Roy Dion, and sisters Carolyn Dion and Shirley Olson.

Wes found joy in life's simple pleasures. Whether it was cheering on his beloved Minnesota Vikings, sharing a glass of Jim Beam bourbon with friends, or simply spending time with his family, he embraced each moment with gratitude and humor. As Wes often quipped, "It's bourbon-thirty somewhere," a sentiment that embodied his zest for life and his ability to find humor in any situation. His laughter was infectious, his spirit indomitable, and his love boundless.

In honor of Wes' memory and his service to his country, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

A private celebration of Wes' life will be held in the summer, where stories of his military service, his love for family, football, travel and bourbon will be shared with laughter and tears. Wes’ favorite expression was “life goes on,” and his memory will indeed live on in all who loved him.

Rest easy now, Wes. Your love, laughter, and unwavering patriotism will forever inspire us. Fly high, and may you find eternal peace in the skies above.

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