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Obituary for Wesley W Watson

Wesley Wallace Watson, 87, Abilene, flew away peacefully in his sleep at home on March 20, 2023. He was born September 12, 1935 in Abilene, Kansas, the son of Edward George and Alice Henrietta (Miller) Watson. Wes attended local schools and graduated from Abilene High School in 1953. He enlisted in the United States Marines in 1954, serving on active duty 3 years, then remaining on reserve status 4 more years. On December 12, 1958 Wes was united in marriage to Doris Deane (Dee) Issitt. They were faithful nearly 56 years, until Dee preceded him in death November 7, 2014. Wes drove a truck for Alco and SPD Truck Line for over 40 years. Wes is survived by his daughter, Kristi (Terry) Symonds of Topeka, and son, Brett (Tess) Watson of Oceanside, California. Five grandchildren: Grant Symonds, Kalen Gibson, Jamison Malburg, Ashton Tarwater, Carter Watson and Olivia Watson. Four great-grandchildren: Greyson, Zoe, Benaiah, Sophia, and a great-grandson due in July. Two brothers-in-law: Stan (Leann) Issitt, Abilene and Greg (Liz) Issitt, St. Louis. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, many profoundly influenced by his unique wit and wisdom. Wes was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Dee, granddaughter Mae Watson and brother Robert Watson. Wes requested cremation and “no big fuss”. Private interment will take place at a later time. The family suggests memorials be given to Meals on Wheels, Hospice of Dickinson County, Elsie Brooks Cancer Fund, or the Disabled American Veterans. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Danner Funeral Home, 501 N. Buckeye, Abilene, Kansas 67410. Online condolences may be sent to