Wesley J. "Wes" Jewsbury

Wesley J. "Wes" Jewsbury, 80, of Millstadt, IL, born Saturday, January 3, 1931, in Jerseyville, IL, died Thursday, April 7, 2011 at his residence.

Wes was dedicated Christian in the conservative fashion of the Wesleyan tradition, serving since 1970 in the St. Matthew United Methodist Church.

He was a Sabre Jet aircraft crew chief during the Korean War. Upon discharge he was employed by McDonnell Aircraft Company in St. Louis and at Scott Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic.

In 1957 he transferred to the Army Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM) in St. Louis. Wes was assigned the task of preparing the Army's very first configuration management plan. Under the direction of Colonel Edward Browne he developed and implemented the plan for the Army's new light observation helicopter just entering production. When production ended, Wes was commended for a very successful program. Working for the Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) Project Manager, he accepted the challenge of initiating and developing the Army's Pilot Project in Configuration Management. A Program to insure design control and cost containment. He successfully implemented his program on the Army's new LOH for service in Vietnam.

In 1991 he established "The Perfect Moment" bridal boutique in downtown Belleville managed by his daughters.

He was a lifetime Farm Bureau member and owned and operated farms in Jersey, Calhoun and Marion Counties. He personally built three of the five new homes with the help on one of the homes with Lawrence Meyer, which he occupied with his wife Phyllis. He traveled extensively, visiting twenty two countries and twenty three world cities.

He was preceded in death by:

  • Parents: Clifford and Charlotte "Lottie" nee Brangenberg Jewsbury
  • 1st Wife: Phyllis M. nee Barthen Jewsbury.

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Florence nee Maniage Jewsbury
  • Daughters
    • Janet S. Brown of Millstadt, IL
    • Joyce A. (Bill, Jr.) Korobey of Belleville, IL
  • Brothers
    • Walter Jewsbury of Sacramento, CA
    • Clifford Jewsbury, Jr. of Tucson, AZ
  • Grandchildren
    • Karly Brown
    • Kody Baker (number 1 favorite girl)
  • Niece: Julie Jewsbury of Sacremento, CA
  • Brother-in-law: Joseph (Angie) Barthen of Carnegie, PA

Special thanks for the wonderful care provided by Hospice of Southern Illinois; Patrick, Denise, Janel and Bobbi

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

Visitation: Friends may call from 3-8 P.M., Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, April 11, 2011 at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Patton officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Condolences left for Wesley J. "Wes" Jewsbury:

    Our sympathy to the family. Don's parents, Red and Opal Moore, used to live 2 houses from Mr. Jewsbury and his wife Phyllis on Pinecrest Circle.
    May you be comforted to know that your father/husband is at home in heaven now.

    Don and Phyllis Moore Belleville Illinois 62221

    Sorry For Your Loss. This electronic message and a Sympathy Card was sent by our NARFE Chapter. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for you. The NARFE Service Center is located in building 50, Scott AFB. You may visit the Service Center on Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM or call 618-256-9350. You may leave a voice mail message at other times and we will return your call the following Tuesday. You may also call the Service Officer, Gene Wiggins, for immediate assistance if required at 618-566-7980

    Gene Wiggins MASCOUTAH IL 62258

    Joyce & family--
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May Christ's love be with you during this difficult part of life's journey.

    Tina Ferrario Huck Highland IL