Richard Fred Henry Wessel



Richard Fred Henry Wessel, 93, of Seymour passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015.

Dad wanted everyone to know that God loves and speaks to his children as a man speaks to a cherished son or daughter. Every day. Clearly. And in ways that change our lives.

Born Oct. 29, 1922, he went home to be with his Lord and Father, where the conversation continues so much more intimately.

Before he died, someone asked him what 10 things we need to know as he leaves us. He thought, grinned broadly, pointed to heaven and said, “Know Him! Know Him! Know Him!” Then he paused and looked at us as if to ask whether he really needed to repeat that 10 times and added, “Listen to His voice, then do what He says.”

This former World War II prisoner of war and wounded veteran was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Katherine Moorman Wessel; parents, Virgil and Bertha Redicker Wessel; and brothers, Gene (Lola), Robert (Wilma), Victor (Wilma) and Charles (Loretta) Wessel.

Staying behind for a while are daughters, Susan (Mike) Vaal and Jane (Harold) Long; sons, John (Vickie) and Bill (Melanie); grandchildren/great-grandchildren, Jeremy (Pamela/Ella, Max) Wessel, Tadd (Carrie/Carolina, John Cannon) Wessel, Cori (Jimmy/Ellie, Hope, Luke) Jett, Zak (Lark/Zoey) Wessel, Jaime (Cohl, Micah) Hughes-Sandoval, Nathan (Crystal/Xander), Megan (Andrew/Conner Wessel, Peyton, Madison, Riley, Jace) Woolwine, Sarah (Dallas/Jude, Rhett, Hattie), Andy (Natalie/Olivia) Vaal, Kate (Noah/ Jaxon Vaal, Ellie, Sophie) Guida, and Lindsey Wessel; brothers, Jim (Ginny) and Allan (Delores) Wessel; sisters, Ag (Bill) Dailey and Janet (Floyd) Behrens; sister-in-law, Betty Moorman; and many well-loved nieces, nephews and surrogate family (among whom are Nancy/Andrea, Chris, and Brian Hodge).

Dad is truly home.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen,” II Corinthians 13:14.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Voss Chapel in Seymour. Burial will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Borchers, with full military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. until time of service Sunday.

Memorials may be made to The JESUS Film Project, P.O. Box 528222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222 or League of Prayer Inc., P.O. Box 680310, Prattville, AL 36068.

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