Truelson, Wesley S. Of Plymouth, Minnesota, passed away on March 23, 2020 at the age of 42 after a 17-month journey with Glioblastoma Multiforme. Wes was born to Ann and Brad Truelson of Minneapolis on April 22, 1977. He was baptized and confirmed at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth. Wes was raised in Plymouth and graduated from Wayzata High School in 1995. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1999. While he held several mechanical engineering positions, Wes spent the last 17 years at Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. in Hamel designing rail maintenance equipment, managing a team of engineers, and brightening the office with his wit and humor. In 2017, Wes earned his Master's degree in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Wes met his wife, Melissa, in 2005, and they were married on October 27, 2007 also at Mount Olivet. He was a devoted husband and an incredibly patient and loving father to his two spirited daughters, Maxine Hope (age 7), and Etta Jude (age 4). Wes brought joy to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He genuinely cared about people and loved getting to know their stories. Wes was a master of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo participating in local, regional, and national competitions. He also was an incredibly talented downhill skier enjoying annual trips to Big Sky, Montana with his "second family" the Howards. Wes took Melissa on multiple ski vacations in Colorado and proudly taught Maxine to ski at age 4. This winter he was able to fulfill his wish of skiing with both of his daughters, as Etta began lessons also. Wes lived for summers in northern Minnesota on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor where his parents now reside. He spent summers at the cabin there throughout his childhood and visited frequently even in adulthood where he lived out his passions of water skiing, wake boarding, boating, swimming, and enjoying a beer by the campfire. His favorite activities this past summer involved catching children as they jumped to him from the dock and dunking his older nephews, Brandon and Ethan. Wes loved music of many genres and was a self-taught drummer. He designed and built a small studio in the basement of his home so he could practice without waking up his "ladybugs." He was the drummer in the cover bands, "Grawlix," and most recently "The Stunt" performing shows at local venues. Wes was an active member of the Mount Olivet community attending worship, participating in social gatherings, helping with special projects for summer children's ministry, and supporting the Child Learning Center there where his daughters attended. His family built many strong friendships within this community. Wes is survived by his wife, Melissa; daughters, Maxine and Etta; parents, Ann and Brad Truelson; sister, Jackie Flahaven; along with 7 nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Throughout his battle with GBM, Wes underwent multiple brain surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and an experimental immuno-therapy trial. He was always practical but remained hopeful that a better treatment or cure would be found. In typical Wes fashion, he was upbeat and charming during his visits down to Mayo developing a strong relationship with his care team there, especially Dr. Carabenciov. Wes entered hospice in February, 2020 and passed peacefully at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina, MN where he and his family were cared for by extraordinary nurses and volunteers--true angels on earth. Private funeral service and burial to be held at the Mount Olivet Chapel and Cemetery. Celebration of Love will be open to the public and held at a later date. Family suggests memorials to the American Brain Tumor Association, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth, or N.C. Little Hospice of Edina. Your time here was too short, and we miss you terribly! You remind us that our lives are not our own; that we need to be present to win. We love you every day, Wes, and take heart that you are resting now in His peace. Proverbs 16:9 Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411 gearty-delmore.com
Wesley S. Truelson
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