Wesbrook of Junction City, Wisconsin, passed away on Feb. 23, 2019 from
cardiovascular disease at Atrium Post Acute Care Center in Marshfield,
David was born on
June 15, 1951, in Valparaiso, Indiana, to Elmer and Ruth Wesbrook.
He was raised in
the then rural community of Chesterton, Indiana, where he developed
life-long interests in hunting, fishing, shooting sports, woodworking,
photography and the great outdoors. He completed his secondary education at
Culver Military Academy and went on to earn a degree in environmental
science from Purdue University. After college, David decided to pursue his
true interests in photography and woodworking, where time would prove his
extraordinary artistic talent.
He studied under
the famous photographic artist, Frederick Sommer of Prescott, Arizona. David
became a well-known photographer of collections, including extensive private
collections of antique and modern firearms, vintage automobiles, and various
artwork collections. He did photographic work for National Geographic, the
Smithsonian, and the Royal Armouries of the Tower of London as well as for
private collectors. His photographs have been published in journals
including American Rifleman, Journal of Custom Gunmaking, Sporting Classics,
and the book series The Art of the Gun.
David was once a
gunstock maker for the famous New York firm of Griffin & Howe. He was the
author of the book Professional Stockmaking, and a past member of the
American Custom Gunmakers Guild. He was a master craftsman and his sporting
rifle stocks were among the finest in the world.
He traveled widely
and at various times lived in New York, London, Washington, D.C., Virginia,
Arizona, Nevada and Ohio. He finally settled in Junction City on the shores
of Lake DuBay. He enjoyed fishing, target shooting, reading, good cooking,
friends and family. He was known for his sharp humor and as a
straight-talker who also enjoyed a good argument.
predeceased by his parents and by his sister, Kathleen Ann Wesbrook. He is
survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Frederic and Diana Wesbrook, of
Marshfield, and Stephen and Sharon Wesbrook, of Arlington, Virginia, and by
nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew him.
offers thanks and appreciation to his many friends and colleagues, to the
physicians and staff of Marshfield Clinic, and to the skilled and patient
staff of Atrium Center.
A private service
will be held by the family at a later date.
may be directed to the American Heart Association or to one of the many
charities devoted to preserving wildlife and habitat.