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July 12, 1927 - December 5, 2015
Paul Henry Wessler, 88, longtime Westboro, Missouri area farmer, passed away December 5, 2015, at his home in Tarkio, Missouri. He was born on July 12th, 1927, in the home, the 5th child born to Bertha (Laumann) Wessler and John Henry Wessler. A 1945 graduate of Tarkio High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy at the end of World War II, serving aboard both the U.S.S. West Virginia and the U.S.S. Indiana. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia on the GI Bill, completing a 2 year agriculture course before returning home to begin his vocation of farming.
On December 4th, 1949, he married Patricia Bullock, Shenandoah, Iowa. From this union of 66 years, four children were born; Kathy, Alan, Janette and Susan. Paul was an active member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church and served his church faithfully. Paul and Pat lived and farmed in the St. John’s community in northern Atchison County all of his life, retiring to enjoy his love for woodworking. His woodworking projects, of which he took great pride, were exhibited in multiple civic fundraisers in Atchison County and for College of Agriculture events at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He served on numerous boards in Atchison County including the Fairfax Community Hospital, the Colfax Mutual Insurance Company for 42 years, the Tarkio School board, and the currently named U.S. Bank board for 16 years.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence (Tim); sisters, Leta, Edna, Lillian, and Bernice Ilene; and grandson, Cory Stanton. Survivors include wife, Pat, Westboro; children, Kathy Wessler, St. Joseph, Missouri, Dr. Alan (Susan) Wessler, Columbia, Missouri, Janette (Dan) Stanton, Rock Port, Missouri, and Susan (Doug) Hicks, Council Bluffs, Iowa; five grandchildren, Jodi Loucks, Maryville, Missouri, Terra (Mark) Snyder, Pretoria, South Africa, Bob Wessler, Columbia, Missouri; Brett (Kate) Wessler, Kansas City, Missouri, and Dr. Jay (Rachel) Stanton, Rock Port, Missouri; five great grandchildren, with a new arrival expected soon; sister-in-law, Shirley Wessler, Rock Port, Missouri; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Reverend Rick and Ruthanne Bullock, Damascus, Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Cathy and Terry Lesher, Westboro.
Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 9, 2015, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Westboro.
Interment: St. John’s Cemetery, Westboro.
Open visitation will begin 9:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio, where the family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Memorials: St. John’s Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund or Community Hospital-Fairfax Scholarship Fund, Fairfax, Missouri.
Online obituaries and condolences at www.minterfuneralchapels.com
Services: Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio, Missouri.