Sherman L. Wiehe
January 30, 1926
WWII Veteran, Navy Seabee, MMS 2nd Class,
retired maintenance welder at General
Motors Assembly Plant, Kansas City, KS, rental property landlord,
welder, farmer, produce business owner, gardener, mechanic & hunter of
moose, caribou, bear, deer, bear, pheasant, quail, dove, turkey, &
In respect to my father My father, Sherman L. Wiehe, taught my sister and I how to work and learn common sense
values quickly in life. That hard headed German never let a day go by without
putting in a full day, whether it be working at his full time position at General Motors
as a maintenance welder or maintaining his rental properties, welding, farming, mechanic,
donating his labor, time and materials in building many baseball diamond backstops for the
communities near our home in Kansas City, KS.
One of his popular phrases that stays with me even to this day is, "It
isn't what you
make but it's what you save after you make it". It's definitely a rule that I
follow to this day.
The most exciting parts of my years at home were our hunting trips to western Kansas.
Dad "always the best shot" and his dogs "the best in the
country" were a threat to any pheasant or quail group in a 3-mile radius.
Most of all, I'm thankful I learned to play the piano very well because Dad didn't allow
any BS when it came to that 1-hour a day practice period each day. I learned that a
cottonwood tree stick can make practice easy and Dad met business when
it come to practicing at the piano. I don't regret his ways for
piano has brought me lots of excitement and happiness in my life.
With the fact I learn to weld, farm, and maintain Dad's property, I took a liking to
electronics. My hard work in technical training allowed me to land a job at
Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Here I was able
to follow the work ethics I learned at home and excel with my piano
skills to entertain the island. Thanks, Dad! Love always, your
WWII Veteran: Shermie served WWII in Saipan
and Okinawa. Sherman moved wounded from Shuri Castle (Japanese WWII
Headquarters at Okinawa) in the center area and Yuna Buru eastern side
back to the 66 Field Hospital of Okinawa. The hospital were tents about
40 by 60 feet. Sherman attended boot camp in Great Lakes, IL and then
went to Camp Endicott, Davisville, Rhode Island and trained with Marines
there. Sherman then traveled to Camp Parks, CA, followed by Hawaii then
Eniwetak of the Marshall Islands for about 2 weeks to meet with the
convoy that went to Saipan, Okinawa and Japan. The 7th Sea Bees B
Company was attached to the 1st Marine division. Sherman was put in the
7th Sea Bees to replace men that got malaria during the war
U.S. Naval 7th Seabees,
MMS (Machinist Mechanic 2nd Class Petty Officer
WWII - Pacific Region
Eileen (Keating) Oakley
June 23, 1932
In respect to my
My mother, Eileen Keating
Oakley, gave my sister and I all the love she could through the years despite
her separation from Dad. She was always there to see us on our
birthdays and each Christmas. When we were old enough to know,
Sandra and I were always ready for her arrival. She never missed a
visit and I always enjoyed playing piano for her. I always felt
good that I could show her my improvement playing piano and Dad was
really happy about it too. It was a nice feeling through the
Through our many years of growing up, Sandra and I learned that
differences between people cannot take away the natural bond of our
parents. Sandra and I both have learned to survive and learn the
best from all our experiences. We always felt your love through
the years along with Dad's drive for us to survive. The love of
parents always endures.
Although your visits with us were short and the Christmas and
enlighten us each year, you were always there to see us and along with
your moral support, even to this day. Love always, your son, Shermie.
Photo of Shermie standing on the
front of the AC Model-B
This photo taken in 1977 while on
vacation from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.
Shermie took all his annual vacations from Kwaj to Kansas to visit family.
This picture was taken on the farm ground, Missouri River
bottoms, 67th Street.
Princess "The One of a Kind"
Photo taken 1967-70
Princess at her favorite place, sitting or standing on the
1953 Chevy farm truck. This photo was
taken at our
remote vegetable stand located at 59th street and Parallel,
Kansas City, KS. We
sold produce for many years and
Princess was part of the business. She was very popular
with our family and our customers, one who took this
picture one take and gave it to my sister.
the truck daily to and from the farm grounds. She would
jump in the back and up
on the stock rack then up on the
roof top, her favorite place. She road the truck even
would go to our farm ground in Basehor, KS reaching
speeds of 55 mph on 73 highway, barking
at all the passing
cars. When stopping, she backed up placing her rear feet
on the downward
side of the roof top to brace herself.
There were only a few times where emergency stops were
but she returned back to the roof top for her love in riding
and being the boss of the truck.
Sandra, Sherman (Dad), Shermie