Stanley John Wessels, 84, Luverne, died Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A funeral service was Wednesday, June 15, at the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors was at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Stanley Wessels was born Nov. 20, 1931, to Fred and Jennie (Bergman) Wessels at their home in Rock County. He grew up in Ash Creek and attended country school. Stan served as a radio specialist in the Army during the Korean War.
He married Gert Hisken on Aug. 4, 1957, at the Ebenezer Stateline Presbyterian Church in Rock County. Stan and Gert began their life together on a farm in Kanaranzi Township of Rock County. Stan was employed at A.R. Wood Manufacturing and then worked as a crop and livestock farmer until his retirement in 1992. During retirement he worked part time at a rest stop near Adrian
Stan has been a member of the Stateline Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and sang in the choir, the Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, and most recently the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne.
During his farming career, Stan served on the Magnolia Elevator Board and the Ellsworth School Board. In his younger years, Stan played on the Ash Creek fast pitch team with several of his brothers, often as a pitcher. He enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, winemaking, traveling, spending time with his family and friends, and his life as a farmer.
He is survived by his wife, Gert; four children, Tammy Makram, Luverne, Tim (Kris) Wessels, Victoria, Twyla (Craig) Schilling, Ellsworth, and Terry Wessels, Lewisville, Texas; eight grandchildren, Mason Makram, Danielle (Aaron) Spykerboer, McKayla Schilling, Karli Schilling, Jenna Wessels, Hannah Wessels, Erin Wessels, and Katrina Wessels; one great-grandchild, Axel Spykerboer; eight siblings, Norman (Joyce) Wessels, Luverne, Enore Boelman, Luverne, Phyllis (Donald) Schouwenburg, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Lowell Wessels, Steen, Iva (Edwin) Elbers, Luverne, Harold Wessels, Luverne, David (Beverly) Wessels, Steen, and Doug (Ginny) Wessels, Hardwick; a sister-in-law, Theresa Wessels, Luverne; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dale and Darrel Wessels; a sister, Vernice Wessels; two sisters-in-law, Jolene and Sharon Wessels; a brother-in-law, Edwin Boelman; and a niece, Tina Wessels Martinez.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.