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James Lee Wedel


James Lee Wedel, 55, of Creede, Colorado passed away with family by his side, April 3, 2024. He was born May 23, 1968, in Greensburg, Kansas to Sherla Leann and Larry James Wedel. He was preceded in death by his mom, Sherla Leann Todd, and dad, Phil Fark. Surviving family - wife Denise of Creede, Colorado, daughter Heather Wedel Schooling (Taylor)of Duncan, Oklahoma, father Larry Wedel (Heidi) of Kansas, sister Patty Jantz (Marvin) of Greensburg, Kansas, brother Matthew Quinlan (Marie) of Burney, California, his grandson Cedar Lee Allen Schooling, Duncan, Oklahoma, nieces Kelsie Kelly, Vinita, Oklahoma, Gracie Gray, Pratt, Kansas, nephew Warrick Quinlan, Burney, California, great nephews Eli, Elgin, and Esten Kelly of Vinita, Oklahoma, aunt Sue Greenleaf of Greensburg, Kansas, and numerous other relatives. Denise and James were married at the Holy City of the Wichitas in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge on April 20, 2002.The majority of their married life was spent in Medicine Park, Oklahoma prior to moving to Creede, Colorado. 

James’ education and career path were diverse. He attended Greensburg Public School in Greensburg, Kansas before graduating from Grove High School, Grove, Oklahoma in 1986. He served in the military (Army) from 1987 through 1995. He graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business from Northern Oklahoma College, Enid, Oklahoma in 2004.  James’ careers ranged from but was not limited to cross country truck driver, business owner/engraver in Medicine Park, Oklahoma, and EMT Intermediate for the Jackson County EMS in Altus, Oklahoma. Additionally, he served on the volunteer fire departments of Hennessey and Medicine Park, Oklahoma.

James loved to cook, entertain, and spend time with family and friends. He maintained lifelong friendships with fellow “Greensburg Rangers”, “Parkies” of Medicine Park, Oklahoma, and others from around the world. Scuba diving was a passion, and he became a PADI certified divemaster. James especially enjoying diving in the Caribbean. Traveling was an interest of both James and Denise. They were grateful to celebrate their 20th anniversary together in New Orleans followed by a cruise. Of all the adventures, Puerto Rico held a special place in the hearts of James, Denise, and Heather. James loved life and lived every day to the fullest. He will leave a void in the hearts of family and friends.

Memorial Donations can be made to Warriors of Freedom through the link: Warriors of Freedom Memorial Donation 

There will be an additional option for Memorial Donations for Caye Caulker Quality Child Friendly School [Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School]. We will have the information about this at a later date. 

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