The funeral service for William "Bill" Wesselman, 65, of Rochester, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartille, with the Rev. David Hoot officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove.
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Mr. Wesselman died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, from complications of cancer at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
William Allyn Wesselman was born Jan. 21, 1948, in Sparta, Wis., to Donald and Dorothy (Bullen) Wesselman. He grew up in Sparta and started school there but moved often with his family as his dad had a military career in the U.S. Army. He attended schools in the U.S. and Germany, with his high school mostly taking place in Heidelberg, Germany. He enlisted into the U.S. Army, serving 10 years, including two tours in Germany, and at the time of his discharge had received the Army Commendation Medal, the Oak Leaf Cluster, a National Defense Service Medal, two Good Conduct Medals, and his G.E.D.
Bill was married while stationed in Texas in 1970 and his daughter, Lori was born. He and his wife were later divorced. Following his discharge, he returned to Wisconsin and attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute in La Crosse, Wis. While still in college, he was recruited by IBM and moved to Rochester in 1978, where he was employed at IBM for a number of years. Bill was married Oct. 26, 1985, in Rochester, to Myrna Baker-Kuehn. They built a house and made their home in the bluff country near the Root River in rural Rochester, and that's where they have continued to make their home. Bill's IBM division was sold to Celestica in 2001 and he was employed at their Rochester plant until it's closure in 2003. He attended Riverland Community College in Austin for two years and had recently done most of the finish work on a new house. Myrna was a longtime employee at IBM in Rochester until her retirement.
Bill enjoyed playing pool, golf, fishing and snowmobiling, including trips to the western U.S. with Myrna and other family. In warmer months, they enjoyed trail riding, camping, hog roasts, swimming and canoeing along their campsite on the Root River with friends and family. Bill loved animals and had many pets through the years, the latest, his dogs, Rowdy and Halle. He and Myrna raised horses, mainly Arabians. He attended several Heidelberg School Reunions at Estes Park, Colo. Bill was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan and was an avid reader, always a book within reach. He especially enjoyed time spent with all of his family.
Bill's positive attitude over these months set the precedence of his acceptance of this disease to his family and friends.
Bill is survived by his wife, Myrna; daughter, Lori Carlin; two grandchildren, Kimberlee and Brandon Carlin; two great-grandchildren; and former son-in-law, Tommy Carlin all of Texas; two sisters and four brothers, Donald (Julie) Wesselman of Poplarville, Miss., Kenny (Holly) Bainter, Jimmy (Candi) Bainter, John (Edie) Bainter and Janice Turmiere, all of Sparta, Wis., and Dori Tasker, currently working and living in Afghanistan; brother-in-law, Dale Baker; special cousin, Ann (Bob) Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Kenneth Bainter.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday morning at the funeral home.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. griffin-gray.com.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Dec. 27, 2013