Wyman Jesse Black, 83
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:19 AM
Wyman died peacefully at his home on Aug. 15, 2013, after spending a beautiful day on the deck with many family and friends visiting throughout the day. He had battled Lewy Body Dementia for several years.
Wyman Jesse Black was born July 29, 1930, to Jesse and Appolonia Black in Kellogg. He graduated from Kellogg High School in 1948 as the valedictorian of his class. While in school, he participated in sports, plays and band. He was a great baseball pitcher for Kellogg High School and Kellogg Legion team.
He joined the Army in 1952 and served for two years in White Sands, N.M., with the missile program.
Wyman was always an ambitious, hard worker, starting when he was 15, working the Co-op Store and Co-op Creamery in Kellogg until he graduated from high school. He worked on road construction, painted for Black and Graner Painting Co., and worked other jobs, including his father's machinist's shop in Kellogg, until starting work at Gillett and Easton Machining in Lake City. He worked there until he went to work for IBM in 1959. He was very proud to be an employee of IBM and enjoyed working there for 31 years, retiring in 1990.
Wyman married Naomi Harlow, of Rochester, on May 24, 1958. They moved to Rochester in 1960, and in 1965 they bought a hobby farm 10 miles northeast of Rochester. During the course of their marriage, they were blessed with eight children to complete their circle of love. They were members of St. Francis Church for 37 years and Pax Christi for the past 16 years.
Wyman is survived by his wife of 56 years, Naomi; three daughters and spouses, Naomi and Al Strange, of Chatfield, Amy and Doug Crowley, of Rochester, Bobbi Jean and Mike Tweed, of Rochester; four sons, Michael and Maureen Black, of Rochester, Andy and Lisa Black, of Rochester, and Jim and April Black, of Shawano, Wis., and David Black, of Rochester; 17 grandchildren, Daniel Strange, Corey and Molly Black, Jacob and Patrick Benike, Rebekah and Sarah Crowley, Mariah, Tucker, Riley, Jesse and Delaney Tweed, Adrianna, Emmalee and Braden Black, Kahri Hajos and Isaac Barton; sisters-in-law, Marian Jagodzinski, of Excelsior, Mary Lou Schouweiler, of Kellogg, and Virginia Harlow, of Stillwater; brothers-in-law, Clayton Harlow, of Minneapolis, Don and Sandy Harlow, of Kellogg, Milton and Alicia Harlow, of DeRidder, La.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Benike; his parents; his parents-in-law, Olyn and Lorene Harlow; a brother, Jim Black and his wife Catherine; a sister, Kathryn Black; brothers-in-law Dick Harlow, Dom Jagodzinski and John Schouweiler; and sister-in-law Genevieve Harlow.
Wyman was a strong, gentle man who loved his family, his farm, his hunting land and life in general.
The family prefers memorials to Lewy Body Foundation, Mayo Hospice, or to the family.
A funeral mass was held Monday, Aug. 19, at Pax Christi Church, Interment was at St. Agnes Cemetery in Kellogg.