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WESSELS, Elmer (1925-1999)


Posted By: Hancock Co Genealogical Society
Date: 9/26/2022 at 18:39:27

Elmer Wessels

Klemme - Elmer Wessels, 74, Klemme, died Sunday (Oct. 17, 1999) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ in Klemme, with Pastor Georgia White-Kisslring officiating. Interment will be in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme, with Military Rites by the Klemme American Legion.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Tenold Funeral Home in Klemme and will continue one hour prior to service time on Wednesday at the church.

Elmer Wessels, the son of Leppo and Pauline (Reichardt) Wessels, was born on June 7, 1925, in Avery Township southeast of Klemme. He was baptized in the Immanuel Reformed Church of Klemme on Sept. 7, 1926, and joined the Immanuel Reformed Church in 1953.

Elmer attended rural schools at Liberty Center and Avery Center, both rural Klemme. He attended Klemme High School for two years and worked for several years on farms in the Klemme and Clarion areas before being drafted into the United States Army in January of 1949.

He was discharged in January of 1950 and served in the United States Army Reserves. On Oct. 10, 1950, Elmer was called back into the Army and served in Korea until Sept. 1, 1951, during which time he received three Bronze Stars.

On Oct. 18, 1952, he married Gladys Christians at the Methodist parsonage in Belmond, with the Rev. J. Heber Miller officiating. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Klemme. He had been employed by the Klemme Co-op Grain Company for 39 years when he retired in 1987.

Elmer was a member of the Klemme Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years, serving as fire chief for 10 years. He served on the Slippery Elm Golf Course board for 12 years, on the Klemme City Council for six years and was a member of the Klemme Lions Club for several years.

Elmer was also a member of the Adam-Schafer Unit 625 of the American Legion. He was involved in many activities of the Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and an elder.

He enjoyed fishing, refinishing furniture and woodworking. Elmer especially enjoyed traveling, sports, golfing, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys, of Klemme; brother, Paul Wessels and his wife, Ann, of Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Amanda Wessels, of Klemme, and Freda Wessels, of Belmond; four very special nieces, Arlene Harson and her husband, Bill, of Kanawha, Lavonne Doane and her husband, Eldon, of Thornton, Sharon Frank and her husband, Roger, of St. Ansgar, and Karon Clements and her husband, Jim, of Cedar Falls; a special nephew, Larry Wessels and his wife, Carol, of Rockwell; and many other nieces, a nephew and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; a sister, Martha; and seven brothers, Fred, William, John, Raymond, Benjamin, Bennie and Henry.

source: Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, 19 Oct 1999, page 9, column 1


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