Wesley Herman Damme, 87 of Cook, passed away on July 5, 2024 at the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse, Nebraska.  He was born to Arnold and Ruth (Kuenning) Damme on April 27, 1937 on the family farm.  He was the oldest of two children born to this union.  He grew up in Cook, Nebraska and graduated from Cook High School.  He then enlisted in the Army Reserves from 1958 until 1963.   He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Lacey on October 7, 1956 in Tecumseh, Nebraska.  To this union three children were born, Lonnie, Jeffrey and Karen.  Wesley farmed on the family farm his entire life, where he raised his family.  He also worked at B&B Lounge/Broken Spoke, Triangle Supply and at Seeba Hardware until he retired in 2017. He was a faithful church attendee and a good steward of the Lord.  He sang in the choir, was a member of the Osage Men’s Brotherhood and served on the Cemetery Board for many years.  He also helped with the church food pantry. He was involved in many other activities, including working at the Nebraska State Fair, the Cook Fire Department Rural Board, Golden Acre Housing Board, Nemaha Valley School Foundation Board and being an Otoe County 4-H Leader. Throughout his life nothing was more important to him then God, his family and the friends he made along the way, including his morning coffee group.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; his parents, Arnold and Ruth (Kuenning) Damme; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norman and Mary (Anderson) Lacey; sister and brother-in-law, Lois & Maynard “Pete” Kuenning; sister-in-law and brother-in law, Pat and Norma Burns; sister-in-law, Dorcas Pella; and, brother-in-law, Kenneth “Bud” Pohlman.  Wesley is survived by his sons, Lonnie (Julie) Damme and Dr. Jeffrey (Candy) Damme of Cook, Nebraska; daughter, Karen (Dr. Scott) Lubben of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; eleven grandchildren, Jason (Tami) Damme and Nathan (Britney) Damme, both of Lincoln, Nebraska; Brandon (Tara) Damme of Syracuse, Nebraska; Tyler (Kate) Damme of Chicago, Illinois; Angela (EJ) Buglewicz of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; Matthew (Lauren) Lubben of Yutan, Nebraska; Justin (Jacque) Damme of Cook, Nebraska; Jeremiah Lubben of Plattsmouth, Nebraska and fiancé Callie Brown; Dena (Jay) Wineinger of Bennington, Nebraska; Heather (Rick) Hardesty of Humboldt, Nebraska; Roger Dillon of Bellevue, Nebraska; eighteen great-grandchildren with two more on the way; and four great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bob (Susie) Pella of Beatrice, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Debbie Lacey of Florissant, Colorado and many nephews, nieces and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 12, 2024 at 10:00 am at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (Osage) in rural Cook, Nebraska with Rev. Kenneth West officiating.  The service will be live streamed on the Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Facebook page.  Memorials can be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or the Osage Food Pantry.  Open casket visitation will be held at Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home in Syracuse, Nebraska on Thursday, July 11, 2024 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm with family greeting friends from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Arrangements By: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse