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KC Loses Pioneer Wes Weddle
June 1, 2013Wesley B. Weddle, who formed one of the largest senior softball leagues in the country, passed away March 26, 2013.
In 1989, Wes was the principal founder of the Kansas City Metropolitan 50+ Softball League, which grew to 700 players. Wes served as president of the organization for 17 years, thereafter becoming Chairman Emeritus.
“Wes was a pioneer in developing senior softball in Kansas City and he set an example for the sport across the nation,” said Terry Hennessy, CEO of Senior Softball-USA.
Wes was born in 1926 in Stewartsville, Mo., to parents Claudia E. and James A. Weddle.
The family consisted of four sons and five daughters. Wes’s wife of over sixty-four years Ethel I. Weddle and their son Zachary, age fifty-five, preceded him in death. Wes is survived by his sons Stanley J., of Denver, CO., Wesley T. of Kansas City; daughter-in-law Terri of Kansas City; and daughter Jane A. and husband Craig Langenberg, who reside in Brooksville, FL.