Neil Wesley was a kind and loving man, said Joan Wesley, his wife of 38 years.
“He was a very religious man, and believed in treating others right,” she said.
Neil Wesley, 74, of Valparaiso and Palmetto, Fla., died April 9. He worked 35 years in the cold reduction department at Midwest Steel, retiring in 1997.
He had been a volunteer fireman in Porter, a Chesterton High School graduate and a Navy veteran.
In Florida, he was known as “The Cookie Man,” because he loved to bake cookies and bring them to afternoon get-togethers with friends, his wife said.
“He loved to bake, and would bake constantly and give them to others,” she said.
He was an die-hard Cubs fan, and loved to discuss the team with his daughter, Ann Wesley, said his son, Curt Corneil.
He enjoyed fishing, working in the yard and woodworking.
“He was an excellent woodworker,” Corneil said. “He made so many things that are inside my home.”
The couple were high school sweethearts, but went on to marry others before they reunited. Between them, they had six children.
“We reunited after 16 years,” she said. “He was the best guy in the world.”
He helped her raise her three children, and treated them as his own, she said.
“He was a real good Dad to all the kids,” she said. “He was the love of my life.”
He was an honest Christian man who believed in telling the truth and letting people know where they stood, Corneil said.
“There was no beating around the bush with him,” he said. “He would pull you aside and tell you how he felt about something.”