Wesley Thatcher & LeDena Craig Thatcher

Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Wesley Thatcher and LeDena Craig Thatcher were granted their angel wings just a few months apart.

LeDena Craig Thatcher, 81, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. She was born Feb. 5, 1937, to Earl and Emma Craig in Billings, Mont.

Wesley Thatcher, 89, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019. He was born June 29, 1929, to Miller and Hope Thatcher in Bridger, Mont.

Wesley and LeDena were married April 5, 1954, and farmed west of Park City for 65 years.

They are survived by their children, Clair Killebrew of Park City, Hope Guptill (Larry) of Columbus and Wesley L. Thatcher (Pam) of Park City. They are also survived by Wes’s brother, John Thatcher and sisters, Frances Kraft and June Newby and Dena’s sister Jonelle Thibodeau and sister-in-laws, Gracie Thatcher, Ann Thatcher and Helen Craig. They have six grand children and nine great-grandchildren.

Dena was a homemaker and belonged to several groups. She was in garden club, homemakers club, volunteered for 4-H and school events. Wesley worked various jobs outside of the family farm and was an active member to many organizations. He worked the Cove and Big Ditch Irrigation system for more than 40 years. He also worked for the Park City Collection Site.

Wesley and Dena loved farming and having cows, sheep and chickens and growing hay and grain. Harvest time meant many baskets of vegetables from the large garden they raised. Dena’s pickles and homemade rolls were a favorite and Wes made sure no one’s plate was empty. Many a stray animal wandered into their hearts. The wild ducks and geese that visited the pond below the house had plenty of grain in the winter.

They touched the lives of many people with their generosity with chauffeuring and volunteering for many organizations. Their grandchildren came to know they could always depend of them for advice and help with projects. Wes and Dena will always be remembered for their love toward family and friends.

We love you mom and dad, and even though you are no longer with us, we know you are always close to our hearts. And we will always remember dad’s advice: Don’t take your eyes off that momma cow with calf.

The family would like to thank Stillwater Hospice and Homecare’s Krystal Chase for everything they did for Wes and Ledena. Krystal took extra care in helping to keep Wes in his home after Dena had passed.

Cremation has taken place and Wes and LeDena have requested graveside services to be held together. Services will be June 3, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Columbus Cemetery. Reception will follow.