Wesley D. Wahlig, of Riverdale, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at the age of 93. A native of New Orleans, Mr. Wahlig and his wife Ethel moved to Georgia to be closer to their children and grandchildren in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home.
Mr. Wahlig was hired as a young man as a bookkeeper, and retired as the Comptroller of Magnolia Wholesale Liquor Distribution Company in New Orleans.
Mr. Wahlig was a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, having been confirmed and married from that church. At Immanuel, he served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Congregational President, Treasurer and member of numerous committees over the years. After Immanuel’s building was sold, Mr. Wahlig became a member of Grace Lutheran, where he served as a lay Eucharistic Minister. After the move to Georgia, he became an active member of Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church in Riverdale. He especially enjoyed the Bible study classes, due to his extensive study and knowledge of the Bible and its history.
Mr. Wahlig was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving most of his duty time working in induction centers as a data clerk. He finished up his service in France doing the same type of duty in a hospital after the liberation.
Mr.Wahlig was a life-long lover of railroads. He was a hobbyist who built a large HO-gauge model train layout over a 50-year span. It was built into the garage of his New Orleans home as a whole village, doing the planning, building and wiring all himself. He included buildings which he constructed and named the represented businesses using his favorite form of humor, puns, such as “The Knotty and Green Lumber Company” and the “Stradivarius Viol-In.” When each grandchild was born, he would build and name a structure for them. Katrina destroyed the layout, but he was able to salvage a few buildings and cars; he cleaned them up and displayed them in his new home.
Mr. Wahlig was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Schenck Wahlig; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. .Emile F. Wahlig; his sister, June Wahlig; and his son, Barry G. Wahlig. He is survived by his son, Keith, and daughter-in-law, Brenda C. Wahlig; daughter-in-law, Linda W. Wahlig, of Marietta; granddaughters, Virginia (Brian) Gilbert, of Escondido, Calif., Rachel Wahlig, of Marietta, Amanda Wahlig, of Washington, D.C., and grandson Daniel Wahlig, of Marietta.
Services for Mr. Wahlig will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, Riverdale, with the Rev. Jeffrey M. Halenza officiating. The family will receive visitors at 12 p.m. on Sunday, and after the service at a reception to be held in the Good Shepherd Fellowship Hall at the church.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, or to the American Lung Association.