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Darrell George Wessell, 100, of Moorhead, Iowa died Friday, August 30, 2019, at Burgess Health Center, Onawa, Iowa.
Memorial services will be 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the Moorhead Christian Church with Pastor Jim Wilson, officiating. Private family interment with Military Honors will be at Spring Valley Cemetery, Moorhead, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.
Darrell was born July 3, 1919, in rural Charter Oak, Iowa, he was the son of George A. Wessel, who died in the 1918 flu epidemic before Darrell was born, and Lilly Saline Wessel. He was raised in the Moorhead vicinity. Wess (as he was called by his childhood sweetheart) was educated in the Moorhead Public School and graduated in 1937. He enjoyed all activities, basketball, baseball, choir, and theater plays. In 1939 he attended Sheldon Junior College and graduated in 1941 with an elementary teaching diploma.
Early in 1942 Wess was called to serve his country in World War II and served in the Army overseas in all theaters; England, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Germany, and France without leave or furlough for three plus years. He was honorably discharged from the service, September 11,1945. Wess and Lorna Irene Perrin were married on October 20, 1945. Lorna was his childhood sweetheart throughout school and military service. To this union two children were born, Larry Leroy on March 7, 1947 and Lynette Lea on January 15, 1950.
Wess is a member of the Moorhead Christian Church and served as trustee, elder and deacon for many years; a legionnaire of the Peter A. Hansen Post #385 for over seventy years, a fifty plus year member of the Masonic Fraternity, and past member of the Order of the Easter Star. He was also on the fire department for many years, a cub scout leader, softball and basketball coach.
Wess held many jobs before going into the construction business and owning the Soldier Lumber Yard at Soldier, Iowa. He retired in 1982 along with his wife who had taught school for 45 years, and together they spent many winter months in the Donna, Texas area. His many hobbies were woodworking, fishing, hunting, traveling, carving and volunteer work. He enjoyed having coffee at the community gathering places with old and new friends, with many conversations reminiscing of the past.
Survivors include Larry and Georgine Wessell, Moorhead; Lynette and John Pohlman, Ames; granddaughter Jessica Pohlman, Austin, TX; half-sister Ila Conyers Parker, Kansas City, MO; nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by Lorna, his beloved wife of 68 years; parents, George and Lilly Wessel Conyers; step parents Fred (the only Dad he knew) and Florence Conyers; half-brother Harry Conyers who was killed in World War II; and, half-sister Lillian Conyers Ellis Almond. His life was full, loved his family and friends, and always said he lived in the Cadillac of times.
Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com