August 22, 1919 - July 8, 2017
Wesley George Tomhave, 97, of Lincoln, passed away at his home July 8, 2017. Born August 22, 1919, in Fergus Falls, Minn., to George and Alma (Baumgart) Tomhave. He grew up and attended grade school and high school in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Esterville, Iowa. After high school, he attended college at the University of Minnesota where he earned a bachelor's degree in History. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on December 7, 1942, and attended Officers Training School at Columbia University in New York City. He was assigned to the attack transport, USS Ormsby (APA-49) in June 1943. Operating in the south Pacific during WWII, he participated in assault landings at Tarawa, Kwajalein, Aitape, Guam, Peleliu and Leyete. He described his time in the service as “the most exciting time of my life”.
Upon discharge as a lieutenant senior grade in the Navy in December 1945, he attended the University of Minnesota – School of Medicine. One of his proudest achievements was becoming a member of Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society in 1949. After earning his medical degree, he practiced family medicine from 1950-1957 in Hibbing, Minn. In 1958, he moved to Chicago to do residency training in internal medicine at the VA Research Hospital.
Wes served as the head of the Department of Metabolism at Northwestern University from 1960-1963. There he met his wife, Ann. They were blessed with the births of three sons. They moved to Lincoln in 1963, were he practiced internal medicine at the Lincoln Clinic, Wedgewood Internal Medicine Associates and the Lincoln VA Hospital. His medical practice in Lincoln spanned 34 years.
Wes was a member of AOA, lifetime member of the American Boxer Club, Missouri Valley Boxer Club, Cornhusker Kennel Club, as well as multiple Bridge clubs and a past member of Executive and 50-50 clubs. He was a long-time parishioner and charter member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Wes enjoyed reading, traveling, the Huskers and Royals, playing bridge and raising/showing boxers. His family, medical practice, many boxer dogs and his acreage were the loves of his life.
Wes was preceded in death by his parents; George and Alma (Baumgart) Tomhave and his sisters; Dorothy Walker and Beverly Longacre. He is survived by his wife; Ann (Trautschold) Tomhave, Lincoln, children; Martha Tomhave Blauvelt, St. Cloud, Minn., John (Beverly) Tomhave, Naples, Fla., Jeffrey G. (Michelle) Tomhave, Hermitage, Pa., Scott R. (Rebecca) Tomhave, Lincoln, and Christopher W. (Patsy), St. Paul, 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and Mojo.
A rosary service will be at 7 pm Wednesday at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street, Lincoln. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1940 S. 77th Street, Lincoln, with Monsignor Liam M. Barr officiating. Inurnment will be in the Omaha National Cemetery, Omaha. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Elizabeth Foundation, 555 South 70th Street, Lincoln NE 68510 or Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770. Condolences: www.bmlfh.com.