Howard B. ‘Tag’ Wesler

Howard B. ‘Tag’ Wesler

’Howard B. ‘Tag’ Wesler of Otsego, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and be reunited with his daughter, Kay, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

Mr. Wesler was born February 6, 1917 in Otsego to Ernest and Margaret (McDonald) Wesler and was a lifelong resident of Otsego. In 1935 he graduated from Otsego High School. Tag served his country in France, the Phillipines and Tokyo in the U.S. Army during WWII.

For several years he helped his father operate the Standard Oil Company gas station in Otsego. In 1932 they began home delivery of gasoline, motor oil and kerosene. Tag worked many years with the company in sales and delivery, retiring in 1975.

 He was a member of the American Legion, a life member of the Otsego Elks Lodge #1711 B.P.O.E. and a member of Travelers Protective Association. In his leisure time he loved fishing, especially ice fishing, and golfing. Tag was a loving, generous and devoted husband, father and grandfather. After retirement, the Weslers spent many winters in Florida.

On September 16, 1938 in Bangor he married the former Margery Abbott, with whom he had celebrated 72 years of marriage. Surviving in addition to his wife, Margery, are a son, Doug (Cindy) Wesler of Otsego; two grandchildren, Dannielle (Matt) Staeven of Otsego and Marc (Amanda VanderPloeg) Wesler of Bear, Delaware; a great-granddaughter, Sophia; 4 step-grandchildren; many step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Kay Margaret Wesler, in 1954; and by his brother, Ernest ‘Bob’ Wesler, in 1977. Friends may meet with Tag’s family from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Tag may be made to the American Heart Association or the Otsego District Public Library.

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  1. Rich and Patti Ford says:

    Dear Doug and Cindy: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours in this time of sorrow. Rich and I both know what it’s like to lose a parent. God Bless you both and know, that “Tag” is keeping watch over you now. Sincerely: Patti and Rich

  2. Heather Staeven says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Tag left a great legacy, and I loved hearing about his time in the military. He will be missed, but his love continues in all of you.

    Heather Staeven

  3. Janis Sage Crandall says:

    To the Wesler family. I was a classmate and friend of Kay in l954 and have always remembered her and thought of her family and the loss they experienced at that time. My mother donated blood for her and my dad knew Tag as a fellow fisherman. You have my sincere sympathy at your recent loss. Janis Sage Crandall

  4. Mike and Cathy Staeven says:

    The Wesler family has our deepest sympathy at this time. We met Tag when Dannielle married our son Caleb. We always thought Tag to be a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. It’s difficult to let go but of someone who meant so much to you, but his love will stay with you forever.

  5. Shirley and Don Brown Flossie Wesler says:

    To Marge, Doug, Cindy and families. So sorry for your loss. Tag was a great person and man of is word. And a honest man to do businees with. He will be miss by all who knew him. He was such a careing person. He;s been through so much and now he is at peace. Him and my dad, big Bob and little Bob are proably fishing or golf together right now. Your in our prayers.

  6. Tom & Karen Wright says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Wesler family. We have lived across the street from Tag and Marge for almost 25 years. Once Tag learned how much we liked fish, it was not uncommon to find a bucket on our front porch. We always looked forward to seeing the lights come on in the house once they returned from Florida. He will be greatly missed in our neighborhood.

  7. Jarvis and Norma Abbott Dozeman says:

    Dear marjorie and Family, Tag was a great man and we always thought so much of both of you. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, jarv and Norma

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