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On Sunday, January 30, 2011, Kenneth Karl Wiesmore passed away peacefully following complications of a stroke. Ken was born March 3, 1927 in Los Angeles, California to Karl and Lorenna Wiesmore. His father died when he was very young and his mother later married Earl Farwell. At 17, Ken joined the US Navy and was stationed aboard the LCI 558 during WWII. He later served in the Korean War on the USS Baroko CVE 115.
After his service in WWII, Ken married Charlotte Jones on his birthday March 3, 1951. They were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple, again on his birthday March 3, 1977.
Ken was a member of the Masonic Lodge participating in events in California and later Utah. He was Master of the Golden Bowl Lodge in 1958. Ken and Charlotte raised their four children in West Covina, CA and were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 20, 1968. When Ken retired from Firestone in 1979 they moved to Santaquin, Utah.
Ken and Charlotte made Family History their life work. They both completed a large portion of their family lines and their own personal history book. In 1998 they served a full-time family history mission for the LDS Church to the Des Moines, Iowa and St. Paul, Minnesota Missions.
Ken is survived by his four children, Sharon Hunt of Manti, Marge (Bruce) Houser of Santaquin, Ken (Betsy) Wiesmore, Jr. of Twin Falls, Idaho, Carol (Steve) Nielson of Chugwater, Wyoming; 16 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his eternal companion, Charlotte, his parents, great-grandson, Korbin Horton, and countless friends and relatives awaiting his arrival to the other side.
We would like to express a special thanks to the members of Santaquin 13th Ward for the many visits you made to Dad. We would also like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Parkway Health Center for the love and care you gave Dad.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 5th at 11:00 am at the Santaquin 13th Ward, 250 South 580 East. Friends may call at the Holladay-Brown Funeral Home, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin, Friday from 6 to 8 and Saturday at the church from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Burial, Salem City Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.holladaybrown.com.