Duane “Dan” H. Wesley
July 31, 2017
Duane “Dan” H. Wesley, 74, of Scranton passed away into peaceful existence with the Lord on July 31, 2017. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years, Arlene “Beaner” Wesley.
Born May 9, 1943, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Luetta (Hunt) Wesley and Duane Wesley Sr. He was educated in the Ohio school system. Dan was raised in Erie; he always loved his hometown and visited often. He and his wife moved to Scranton in 1963.
Dan had an extreme love for cars, and it was how he earned a living. He was owner and operator of A-1 Auto Center / Auto Body Shop since 1977. He was a very successful race car driver on local dirt tracks, including Herb Harvey’s Speedway, Penn-Can Speedway, 5 Mile Point and Moc-A Tek. After his racing days were over, his love of racing continued. He designed and built “Zightning” chassis for local racers. Dan was a self-made man who came to Scranton with $20 in his pocket and a will to succeed. He will be dearly missed.
Surviving are his son, Danny Alan Wesley of Erie; his daughter, Denise Wesley D’Andrea and husband, James, of Moscow; his son, Martin Shoup of Scranton; his sister, Lorna Jeanne Swartz-Bollinger and husband, Don, of Dalton; grandchildren, Shannon E. Quaile and husband, Herbert; Kelly L. Kelly and husband, Jason; Amy Lynn Parrett, Amanda Wesley, Anna Wesley, Ayla Wesley, Daniel Wesley, Thomas J. “TJ” Wesley, Andrea Lulewicz, Martin Shoup and Danielle Shoup; his companion and caregiver, Jeannie Ryan Rodriguez; her daughter, Jamie Chilewski; and her grandson, Henry Chilewski; 17 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael Shoup.
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Interment will be conducted privately in Fairview Cemetery, Mill City, Pa.
Because of Dan’s love for dogs, including his beloved Norma Jean, memorial contributions may be made to any animal shelter of the donor’s choice.