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Orville E. Wesseler (1945 - 2012)

Wesseler, Orville E., son of Elmer and Anna Schroeder Wesseler, was born at Chase, KS, November 18, 1922. Three years later his parents moved from the farm at Chase to his father's home place, a farm near Bushton. He attended the 12 years of public school at Bushton, graduating from High School in 1940. His father started Orville in his farming career, having rented him an 80 acre field in 1938, a career which lasted for 28 years of raising cattle and grain. He was proud of his record "never experiencing a crop failure." There were times that cash was in short supply, but he always raised enough to pay his bills and put the crop into the ground. On November 18, 1945, he and Dorothy Mae Janke of Claflin, KS were united in marriage. To this union were born three children, Paul, Lois, and Arlon. Having joined the Methodist Church at an early age, he was involved with many boards and committees. During the 50's, he served as President of the Hutchinson District MYF for the old Central Kansas Conference. He also served on the Conference Committee on Boy's Work. This involvement led to the acquaintance with Mr. Elmer "Speed" Reeves, then owner of the Winfield Bus Service. In August of 1956, Orville made his first trip as a professional Charter Bus Driver that lasted for 20 years. Since he enjoyed music, he was singing in his church choir and also did solos for weddings and funerals. One of the great benefits of driving was to drive for the traveling college choirs, bands, and orchestras, Southwestern College and St. John's College in Winfield, KS, Wesleyan College of Salina, Hesston College, Bethel College of Newton, Bethany College of Lindsborg, McPherson College, Ottawa College, Mid-American Nazarene University of Olathe, and the Plainsmen Men's Choir of Bethany, OK, to name a few. On occasion, he would help fill and sing with the Hesston and Southwestern Choirs. He left the bus company in September of 1976, having traveled in all 48 lower states and many parts of Canada, to become an agent for the Kansas Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Cowley County, having moved to Winfield in 1965 to be closer to the bus headquarters. He has been retired since January 1, 1985. In January of 1970, he became a Mason and served as Master of Winfield Lodge #110 AF&AM in 1975, and as District Deputy Grand Master in 1978. He joined the Scottish Rite Bodies and Isis Shrine of Salina and the York Rite Bodies of Winfield in 1971, and the Wichita Scottish Rite Bodies in 2000 and holds perpetual membership in these Masonic Bodies. He received his KCCH designation from Scottish Rite in 1978 and coronation as a 33rd Degree Mason on November 17, 2001. He also holds perpetual membership in the National Sojourners and Heroes of '76 of Wichita. His membership in the Knights York Cross of Honor indicates he has served as Presiding Officer in Lodge, Chapter, Council, and Commandery. He also served as M.E. Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of R.A.M. of Kansas, 1992-93, M.I. Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International, 1996-99. The duties of this last office called for extensive travel for Dorothy Mae and him all over the United States, Europe, and Panama. Orville's death occurred February 20, 2012. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, Feb. 24, at First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Committal services will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Ark City, KS, at 2 pm. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Wesseler of Wichita; sons, Paul (Connie) Wesseler of Columbia, SC, and Arlon (Marsha) Wesseler of Winfield; daughter, Lois (Denis) Hammer of Ellinwood; sister, Arleen Branson of Great Bend; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Memorials to: First United Methodist Church Television Ministry. Share condolences and view extended obituary at Services by Broadway Mortuary
Published online on February 22, 2012 courtesy of Broadway Mortuary - Cozine Memorial Group .
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