Richard Fred Henry Wessel – October 29, 1922 to December 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. Richard F. H. Wessel, born October
29, 1922, went home to be with his Lord and Father on Saturday, December 19, 2015 where the conversation
continues so much more intimately.
Before he died, someone asked him what ten 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 ten times and added, “Listen to His voice, then do what
This former WWII POW and wounded veteran was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary
Katherine (Moorman) Wessel, his parents Virgil & Bertha (Redicker) Wessel; and brothers Gene (Lola),
Robert (Wilma), Victor (Wilma) and Charles (Loretta) Wessel.
Staying behind for awhile 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.” IICorinthians 13:14
Funeral services will be at Voss Chapel on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow at St.
Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Borchers with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American
Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Friends and family may call at Voss Chapel on Saturday, December 26th from 5 to 8 PM and on Sunday after
Memorial checks may be written to The JESUS Film Project, PO Box 528222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222 or
League of Prayer, Inc., PO Box 680310, Prattville, AL 36068.