SDPD 09/08/1970 - 01/28/1975
07/15/1920 - 04/11/2001
Wesley E. Bakewell, 80, crossed the bar on April 11, 2001.

Wes was born on a farm near Plymouth, Missouri on July 15, 1920, one of six children of George and Anna Bakewell.

He joined the Navy in 1941 and served his country until 1971. Wes received his commission of Lt.JG in 1961. His expertise at maintenance and repair of engine room boilers was recognized throughout the Pacific Fleet. He was the chief boiler inspector of the West Coast in the mid-1960s. His favorite ship was the George Clymer. Among the many decorations and commendations he received were three bronze stars.

Upon retiring, Wes joined the San Diego Police Reserves and served with the Dept. until he and his wife moved to Pagosa Springs, Colo., in 1975. There he built a log house and enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially horseback trips throughout the mountains lasting many days.

Wes was initiated into the Masonic Order in 1952. He served as Master of Pagosa Springs Lodge #114 in 1986 and as Grand Master of Pagosa Springs Eastern Star Harmony Chapter #84 in 1985-86.

Wes was a husband of 55 years to Lillian, father of Kristyne Dresselhaus, Michelle Ludwig, Michael Bakewell and W. Scott Bakewell. He was a doting grandfather of eight. He is also survived by three brothers and one sister.
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