6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
[img_assist|nid=56|title=|desc=|link=url|align=right|width=137|height=200]Date of Birth: October 2, 1959
Date of Death: November 1, 2008
Weston Moore Oathout was born to J.E. and Wilma Maxine (Moore) Oathout on October 2, 1959 in Wichita, KS. With three older dark-headed siblings while he was blonde, Wes was quite upset when they told him first that he was found under a rock and later that he was adopted. The only one who favored his mother in appearance, Wes was also partial to her. Wes attended school in Caldwell, graduating from Caldwell High School in the Class of 1978. About 16 of his class were such good buddies that Wes could never narrow his closest friends down to the requested four so every year for birthday parties Wilma would give in and let him invite them all.
Wes loved camping. Jan and Terry often took her younger brothers camping and fishing. At Jan’s wedding she and Terry emerged from the church to find their car enclosed in a tent with her brothers and one of their friends sitting in the back seat with their fishing poles.
An outstanding athlete, Wes received many athletic scholarship offers but he had a dream of wearing an OU uniform. Having sacrificed his own dream of going to college, J. E. encouraged his son to try to live his dream. Wes walked on and played football at the University of Oklahoma while pursuing a degree in petroleum geology. He graduated in 1982 with a BS in petroleum geology.
With encouragement and advice from his Uncle Bud, Wes worked for several companies before opening his own business, Weston Exploration Company, as a Registered Petroleum Geologist. In 1992 Wes began helping with the family farm.
Eighteen years ago Wes began a friendship with Joy Fleming. They talked daily and the farther apart they were geographically the longer their conversations. First one and then the other proposed marriage at various times. They couldn’t seem to agree that the time was right until on June 7, 2007 Wes and Joy were married in Enid, OK. They made their home in Renfrow, OK.
Not having children of his own, Uncle Wes reveled in his nieces and nephews and their accomplishments. His refrigerator and walls are covered with photos of family members. Family and friends meant a great deal to Wes and he would make sacrifices for them. Compassionate and caring to all, the two great loves of his life were his mother and Joy.
Wes died a month after his 49th birthday on November 1, 2008 in the Caldwell Hospital after a brief illness.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.E., and an infant sister, Ann.
Wes is survived by his wife, Joy, of their home in Renfrow, OK; his mother, Wilma of Caldwell, KS; sisters, Jan Williams and her husband Terry of Wellington, KS, Cindy Hamilton and her husband Ed of Grove, OK; brother, Kip Oathout of Caldwell; two step-sons, Christopher Fleming and his wife Hannelie of Rockwall, TX and Jason Fleming and his wife Amy of Sachse, TX; one grandson, Ross Fleming of Rockwall, TX; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends.
Funeral services for Wes will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell, Kansas.
Interment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in Wes’ name to the Oklahoma University School of Geology, Rock Camp.