Lanny E. WESCHE, 70, of Wellsville, NY, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Hart Comfort House, Wellsville surrounded by his family.
Born July 26, 1948, in Wellsville, he was the son of Ernest A. and Eleanor Sprague Wesche.
On August 22, 1970, in Emporium, PA, he married the former Cheryl J. Jordan, who survives.
A 1968 graduate of Wellsville Central School, he was employed by Scoville Brown Store in Wellsville, Whitehawk Beef Co. in Eldred, Potter Lumber Co. in Allegany, Turbodyne Corp., Wesche Woodstoves and Welding, Benjamin Smith Steel Salvage, and R.S. Potter and Son.
Lanny was a member of and served in several positions in the Crosstown Alliance Church of Wellsville and a member of Trinity Lutheran Men's Club.
He was active with several steam engine associations in NY and PA and traveled extensively to exhibit homemade steam powered miniature models, which were donated and are now on display at the Pioneer Oil Museum in Bolivar. He served as superintendent of the Allegany County Fair model building. Lanny was well known for firing the canon in the Andover Fourth of July parade and the Wellsville Balloon Rally. He served as Committeeman for the Republican Party in Allegany County. A craftsman with wood and steel, he could make nearly anything with his hands.
He was a regular at Tuesday morning breakfast with the Dresser-Rand retirees at Castaways and daily with other groups at McDonalds and the Texas Hot.
Surviving besides his wife, Cheryl, are: his mother, Eleanor Wesche of Wellsville; two children, Rob Wesche of Pike, Lisa (Jeff) Russell of Fuquay-Varina, NC; four grandchildren, Brianna Wesche, Nathan Wesche, Emmaline Russell, and Evan Russell; four siblings, Thomas (Arlene) Wesche of Wellsville, Denny (Tina) Wesche of Colorado Springs, CO, Donna (Wayne) Gloff of Castile, and William Wesche of Wellsville; brother-in-law, James Mickle of Wellsville; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Ernest A. Wesche on July 28, 2003; and a sister, Laurie Ann Mickle on May 30, 2004.
Friends may call Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in the Crosstown Allicance Church, Wellsville. The Rev. Jeremy Gorham will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.
Memorials may be made to Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.
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