Obituary for John Wesley Cate
12 July, 1920 - 11 April, 1996
From The Idaho Press-Tribune,
15 April, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Wesley Cate, age 75, died, Thursday, April 11, 1996, at Saint
John's Hospital in Longview, Washington. A former
resident of Middleton, Idaho, he has resided in Chehalis, WA.,
since coming from Camas, WA., in 1979.
He was born on July 12, 1920, in Mountain Home, Idaho,
to Emmett and Irene (Kincaid) Cate. He was raised and
attended school in Middleton, Idaho. In 1936, he was the
recipient of All American Honors in football.
He married Helen Yurich of New York City, N.Y., in the
He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps in the
Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II, for which he
received the Good Conduct Medal.
He was married to Delores Gillespie of Sterling,
Colorado in the 1950s.
He was a graduate of N.Y.U. and obtained a Master's
Degree from Colorado State. He was a teacher for many
years. He taught in New Hampshire, Colorado, Alaska,
Texas and California. More recently, he owned and
operated the Cascadia Apartments in Chehalis.
He was an athlete throughout his life and an avid
golfer. He was a past member of Eagles Arie #1550, Lions
Club, Toastmasters, and was 4 times past president of the
Lewis County Rental Association, Local and State Apartment
He is survived by his business partner and
partner-in-life for the past 18 years, Annita Spencer of
Chehalis, WA; sons, John W. Cate of Randolph, N.J., Blaine W.
Cate of Sunnyvale, CA., Theron W. Cate of Chehalis, WA;
daughters, Willie Balsamello of Hackettsville, N.J.;
stepdaughter, Penny Wilson of Santa Rosa, CA.; brothers, Dr.
William Cate of Bellevue, WA., Dr. William Cate of Bellevue,
WA., Howard Moberly of Montana, Verle Moberly of Salt Lake
City, Utah, Lewis Moberly of Payette, Idaho; and 5
He was preceded in death by 2 daughters, Elena and
Candice, and 1 bother, Richard.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April
17, at 11 a.m. at the Middleton Cemetery. Visitation
will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at Dakan
Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, Idaho.