Wesley Eugene Catron, 50, a former manager of a Giant Food store in Colesville and a longtime Washington area resident, died of a brain tumor Tuesday, at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Takoma Park.

A native of Galesburg, Ill., Mr. Catron moved to this area while serving in the Navy from 1948-51. After his military discharge, he worked for a railroad and for the Giant Food corporation. He also operated his own grocery store in West Virginia for about two years before returning to this area and rejoining Giant Food Inc. in 1959 as a grocery clerk. He worked at Giant stores in suburban Maryland and Virginia until 1968, when he entered the company's management training program. The following year, he became manager of the company's then-new store in Colesville. He was manager there until about two years ago, when he went on sick leave.

Survivors include his wife, the former Claudine Cerone, of Takoma Park; four sons, Danny, of Orlando, Fla., Wesley Jr., and Steve, both of Hyattsville, and James, of Riverdale; two daughters, Nancy Dodd of Riverdale, and Vickie Mehrtens of Glenview, Ill; a stepson, James Cerone of Riverdale; four sisters, Elsie Landon of St. David, Ill., Florence Earls of Seattle, and Lucille Farrell and Helen Catron, both of Galesburg; a brother, James, of Oak Park, Ill., and seven grandchildren.