John “Wesley” Rehm II, Teresa Rehm’s Journey

My name is Teresa and my husband is John. 0ur son, John “Wesley” Rehm II who was 28 years old, was killed by a drunk driver who was 22 years old. Around midnight my family heard the sirens and a helicopter heading west. I remember that we commented about the sound of the sirens lasting for a long time. Then, the knock at our door came at 2:30 a.m. Our son was killed about 4-5 miles west from our home, and the bar that the drunk driver had been at was only two blocks east of us. The driver’s BAC was three times the legal limit.

The Crash
The young man who chose to get behind the wheel while impaired, crossed the center line of Highway 156 west of La Plata at the crest of a hill, hitting our son head on. It happened on January 24, 2015 around 11:40 p.m. and Wesley was pronounced deceased at 1:00 a.m. on January 25th. He was killed instantly in the crash.

It Has Been 3 years Now
We will always cherish that last Saturday that Wesley was around, being that he usually wasn’t on Saturdays. We had such a wonderful day at home with him. Wesley was single and didn’t have children so the prospect of grandchildren was taken away from us after the crash. We truly believe he was not supposed to die but our Lord and Savior protected him from suffering by taking him instantly. We were amazed that when we saw his van that his body was not mangled!! It has been 3 years now. With the support of family, friends, Church, co-workers and many others that we have been able to hold on. We have two daughters (33 and 28). All our hearts have been ripped open.

Not a Day Goes By
In his spare time Wesley loved to go bicycling and kayaking with his friends. He will be missed by his parents, his sisters, his friends and all who knew him. Wesley was a 2005 graduate of La Plata High School. He was employed with Sodexo at Truman State University for five years. Wesley was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Kirksville, Missouri. Wesley was a fun loving young man he has impacted so many people in his short life. He did not have children but left behind were his parents, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many friends who all still miss him terribly. He would do anything for you if you asked even giving his shirt off his back. Not a day goes by that you’re not thought of. You are loved and missed dearly!! — Teresa Rehm