PEORIA - Richard "Dick" Wessels, age 71, of Peoria, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
Though his body stopped working Jan. 29 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, we feel he left us from home on Jan. 26, after suffering a heart attack.
He was born Sept. 15, 1942, and was preceded in death by his parents, John F. and Frieda M. (Onken) Wessels.
He attended Peoria Central High School (1960) and Bradley University.
He had a 30-year career with Procter and Gamble Distributing Company, retiring in 1997.
Dick is survived by the love of his life, Laraine Marie (Wilson) Wessels. They were married on Aug. 28, 1964, in Peoria.
He is also survived by daughter, Sheryl (Daniel) Krengel of Guangzhou, China; son, Steve (Amy) Wessels of Peoria, Ill.; grandsons, Brandon Turek-Krengel and Tyler Wessels; granddaughters, Anna Krengel and Ashley Wessels; brothers, Jerry (Caroline) of Lincoln, Ill., and Bill (Kaye) of Park Rapids, Minn.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Dick loved to play golf. He loved his gardens and walking his land. He loved traveling to the northern woods of Minnesota. He loved spending time with people. He loved to talk and visit. He loved his family.
Dick will be missed at the many sporting events he enjoyed attending for his grandchildren and at the Kickapoo hangouts where he and his friends solved all the problems of the world.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. A celebration of life service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to PFS Shelters (formerly Pets for Seniors), P.O. Box 64, Edwards, IL 61528-0064. He and Laraine have volunteered taking care of the cats and dogs for many years.
Please view Richard's obituary online at www.Woolsey-Wilton.com.