|George R. Wessels
October 12, 1922–July 7, 2009
|George R. Wessels, 86, of Onslow, died Tuesday evening, July 7, 2009, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa, following a long illness.
A celebration of his life service will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Onslow First Presbyterian Church, Onslow, with the Rev. Christopher Doyle officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Cummings, Bill Walters, Ralph Husemann, Bruce Schoon, Tom Smith and Rick Westhoff.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Walters, John Osterkamp, Eric Norton, Curtis Thornhill, Greg Smith and Mike Millsap.
Burial will be in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 259 of Wyoming.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming, where a Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.
George was born October 12, 1922 in Amber, Iowa, son of Reinder and Anna (Bodeker) Wessels. He graduated from Center Junction High School. He married Mary Jeanne McDonald on September 10, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. She died on October 6, 2004. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII as an Armored Guard on USS Frederick Lykes.
George operated lumber yards in Onslow, Center Junction and Wyoming. He was assistant manager with Walters Lumber from 1966 until he retired in 1985.
He was a member of Onslow First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder; a member of Masonic Lodge Ancient Landmark #200 of Olin, and American Legion Post 259 of Wyoming. He loved sports and was an avid Hawkeye, Cyclone and Cubby fan. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and woodworking.
He is survived by one daughter, Georgia (Acel) Catlett of Johnston, Iowa, and one son, Dr. Gerald (Cheryl) Wessels of Anita, Iowa; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaDean Osterkamp and Clarice Norton, both of Anamosa; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Wessels of Meza, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents, and two brothers, Bill and Harry Wessels.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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