Wesley Charles "Wes" Sonicksen

  • Born: October 25, 1927
  • Died: December 9, 2019
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wesley Charles "Wes" Sonicksen, 92 of Battle Creek passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence with his family at his side.

Wes was born October 25, 1927 in Battle Creek to George and Olive Eliza (Darling) Sonicksen. He grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Central High School. During high school he was employed at the Battle Creek Farm Bureau and then as a parking attendant at Security National Bank.

Wes was drafted into the U.S. Army and honorably served his country in the European Occupation. When he returned from the service he worked again for SNB. Wes was then employed for H.L. DePriester doing concrete construction. Wes was a 58 year member of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, Local 871 (now #525) and was employed and retired from Associated Construction Company.

In 1946, while serving in the U.S. Army overseas, Wes met the love of his life, Anna Luise "Ann" Schneider. They were married on December 3, 1948 in Stuttgart Feuerbach Germany. Surviving are Ann, his wife of 71 years; two daughters, Diane Lutz of Battle Creek, Pat (Mark) Donley of Jackson, MI; four grandchildren, Jenny (Jared) Sutton, Jim (Darci) Dotson, Heather Elwell, Michelle (Ramsey) Cross and six great-grandchildren, Skyler, Mackenzie, Caleb, Zach, Rebecca and Elizabeth.

Wes has been an active member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church since 1957. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, softball, bowling and watching golf on TV. Wes loved spending time with his family and helping them or anyone with carpentry projects. He will be remembered as a faithful servant of God and a loving, caring man.

Friends will be received 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. A service to celebrate Wes' life will immediately follow visitation. Committal and interment will be held at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 157 Chapel Hill Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49015 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Pat and Mark, I am sorry to hear about your loss. Keep looking up. My sympathy. Ross

Posted by Ross Brown - Bellevue, MI   December 23, 2019

sorry to read if Wes' passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.

Posted by Don Darling Jr. - Battle Creek, MI - Family   December 19, 2019

I did not know him personally but I know his daughter, Pat, who is married to my brother,Mark. He left behind a beautiful and godly daughter. May the peace of God be with all the ones left behind.

Posted by Linda Donley - Lawrenceville, GA - Family   December 16, 2019

Good Morning Ann & Diane,
I am sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to loose a love one. Evelyn and I will not be able to be present at the services tomorrow. Evelyn is going to have surgery tomorrow we will be you in our prayers.
Ralph & Evelyn Saye

Posted by Ralph Saye - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 16, 2019

It is with great sadness in hearing of the passing of Wes.
I have had the Sonicksen Family in my life for over 57 years. I have been able to return to the house in Battle Creek a few times, and each time it was like I have never left. The last time being there just a couple of years ago with my parents, and with now my new wife Anne(with an "E")
Wes will sadly be missed by all who knew him. Family, Friends, and the Church Community, knew him as pillar in all aspects in the above mentioned areas.
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, Anne and I will be unable to attend this important event in Celebrating the Life of this great example of a man with the entire Sonicksen family.
Ann, Dianne, And Pat, know that all your Families are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of of sadness here on earth, but good news in the fact that Wes is now with the Lord.

"For The Lord God Has Prepared A place In Heaven For All Those Who Believe", And Wesley Charles "Wes" Sonicksen Was A Believer.

God Bless, Amen

Posted by Don and Anne Barber - Trenton, Ontario, Canada - Family Friend   December 14, 2019

I have had the prevailage of knowing this family for 57 years, and have returned to visit them a few times. The last time, a couple of years ago with my parents, and my new wife Anne(with an "E"), it was like old times. Every time I returned to their house, it was like I never left Battle Creek. There are so many memories.

Wes will be sadly missed by so many people, for he was a pillar to so many things including: Family, Friends, and the Church.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, Anne and I send our condolences to the entire Sonicksen Family, for we will be unable to attend this important event in celebrating the Life of this Great Man with his Family.

Ann, Dianne, and Pat, our thoughts and prayers are in our minds and words, as we pray for all the Sonicksen's Family at this time.

May God Be With You, and Your Families.

"For The Lord Has Prepared A Special Place For Wesley, In The Kingdom of Heaven".


Posted by Don and Anne Barber - Trenton, ON   December 14, 2019

Posted by Don and Anne Barber - Trenton, ON   December 14, 2019

Posted by Don and Anne Barber - Trenton, ON   December 14, 2019

We are Canadians from Trenton, Ontario Canada and have had the pleasure of being very good friends of Ann and Wes and family. We lived across the road from them for 4 years and continued our friendship throughout the years visiting back and forth between our two countries. We have many fond memories of our visits, card games, meals together and other activities. We had lots of laughs together. Our last visit to Battle Creek two years ago, we had a tour of your church which we used to attend while living there.
It is with great sadness we are passing on our condolences to the family. Wishing we could be in attendance there but due to illness that is not possible. Wes was a wonderful man and will be missed by our entire family.
Sending our love, thoughts and prayers.
Don, Sharon and family.

Posted by Don and Sharon Barber - Trenton - Family Friend   December 13, 2019

Dear Ann, Diane, Pat,

Reg, Hailey and I were saddened to hear about Wes's passing. He was such a wonderful man. Always a smile on his face when ever we were together. Our families have such a strong bond. Since thanksgiving 1962 I have been blessed to have Wes and you all in my life. Hailey and Wes were birthday buddies. We wish we could be there in person to comfort you but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers everyday.

Love Tam, Reg and Hailey

Posted by Tammy Hill - Gananoque - Family Friend   December 13, 2019

Dear Ann, Diane, and Pat,
We are saddened by the passing of your beloved husband and father. He was a wonderful man and a good friend. We will treasure his friendship always. We are sorry we cant be in MI at this time, but please know youre in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Ken and Barb Helbling - Rockport, TX   December 12, 2019

My deepest condolences goes to his wife and family on the passing of Wes. He was good Christian follower and friend to all - Wes earned his angel wings and passage into Heaven. Rest in Peace!

Posted by Janet Wetherill - BATTLE CREEK - Friend   December 11, 2019