Forest Park resident and World War II veteran Rudolph Valentino Wesley, Sr. has died, according to his granddaughter, Marisol Sconiers. He was 100.

Wesley, who was named Clayton County Veteran of the Month in November 2022, also volunteered at the warming center during the freeze emergency last Christmas.

Here is is bio from the Veteran of the Month proclamation:

On November 06, 1922, [Private First Class] Rudolph Valentino Wesley, Sr. was born to Rosalie Hicks in Plant City, Florida (Tampa). Mr. Rudolph grew up with his brothers Douglas Wesley and Richard Wesley. When his mother passed away, he stepped up to take care of his brothers.

Mr. Rudolph joined the military on January 20, 1943, so he could take care of his brothers.

Mr. Rudolph was the last group that went into World War II in January 1943. He was able to see many countries and met many different people. Mr. Rudolph ministered about Jesus to many soldiers and people during his time serving as Police Patrol in the military. One day while escorting the soldiers out of the area, Mr. Rudolph was blown up in an ammo dump. After recovering, Mr. Rudolph was honorably discharged as a war hero in September 1945.

Mr. Rudolph Valentino Wesley, Sr. has 4 (four) adult children, Bunnie Wesley, (who is no longer with us), Shirley Daniels, Rudy Wesley Jr., and Larry Wesley. Mr. Rudolph has plenty of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Rudolph has touched many people and has become everyone’s favorite grandad over the years.

On Sunday, November 6, 2022, Mr. Rudolph will celebrated his 100th birthday. Mr. Rudolph resides in Forest Park, Georgia, and spends his extra time at Victory in Christ Ministries, sharing his love for Jesus Christ with everyone.

Arrangements were pending as of press time.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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