Wesley Clayton Slack, 95, of Westby died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Vernon Manor in Viroqua.
He was born Aug. 31, 1922, on the home dairy farm in Vernon County, to Ray F. and Christine Louise (Kolstad) Slack. Wesley farmed side by side with his father. They were one of the first in the area to integrate contour farming and crop rotation.
He married Audrey Volden Slack Feb. 11, 1948, in Viroqua, and enjoyed 67 years of marriage. They dairy farmed together in rural Viroqua for 37 years. He continued to improve the family business by furthering his agricultural education and utilizing innovative techniques on the farm. He was proclaimed the Vernon County Corn Growing Champion in February of 1956. Upon retirement, they resided in Westby. He enjoyed fishing, music, a good polka, and his family. He was a lifetime member of Kickapoo United Lutheran Church and faithfully served in many capacities, including the church council.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his stepmother, Vera; his wife; and two sisters, Adelaide Farr Gardner and Ruth Gardner.
He is survived by his four children, Eileen (Philip) Batchelor of Rockford, Ill., Roger (Geralyn) Slack of Stoughton, Wis., Gary (Diana) Slack of Viroqua, and Lora (Bryan) Brown of Darlington, Wis.; he was blessed with 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Donna Saugstad of La Crosse and Gloria Kraabel of Ham Lake, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Feltes and all of the supporting staff at the clinic, as well as the wonderful care staff at Vernon Manor.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Kickapoo United Lutheran Church. Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery following a luncheon. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Hwy. 14, in Westby. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. till the time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
The Vosseteig Funeral Home of Westby is serving the family. Online Condolences may be offered at www.VossFH.com.