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James H. Hesselman Obituary
Hesselman, James H. "Harley"

James H. "Harley" Hesselman, age 90 of Mondovi, WI passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Heritage Court Memory Care Facility in Eau Claire, WI.

He was born on January 23, 1923 in Neenah, WI a son of the late Clarence and Belle (Johnson) Hesselman.

Following his high school graduation, Harley attended and graduated from what is now known at University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1947 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Education. As a profound athlete, Harley captained the school's basketball team in 1942, 1943 and also in 1947. In 1978 he was acknowledged for his accomplishments on the court and was elected to the school's Hall of Fame.

James honorably served his country as an officer in the United States Navy during WW II. While attending UW-Stout, Harley met Elma Lockwood and as their relationship grew he asked her hand in marriage, they were married on May 14, 1944 in Mondovi. Together, they raised three children.

Harley began his career in 1946 with Mondovi Telephone Company as a lineman, working his way to president and general manager. He held that post until his retirement in 1989. Harley was an active member of the WSTA, serving as president for two consecutive terms, 1969-70 and 1970-71. He served on the Board of Directors from 1957 to 1963 and again from 1966 to 1972. He also served many years on the WI State Telephone Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee. As a civic minded man, Harley gave his efforts as an 18 year member of the Mondovi School Board with ten of them as the treasurer. He also chaired fundraising activities for the local hospital; was president during its construction and the first five years of its operation. In Harley's down time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf. He played many years of league at the Valley golf course in Mondovi. He made many good friends and made many wonderful memories on the golf course, especially "wheel barrow nite". Harley will be remembered as a loving and caring husband , dad and grandpa.

Harley will be deeply missed by his wife of almost 70 years, Elma of Mondovi; his three children, Jean Rae Bauer of Bethany, MO, James L. (Holly) of Mondovi and John of Glenwood, CO; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Susan (Jim) Lenz of Neenah; also by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides his parents, Harley was preceded in death by two brothers; two sisters; and his grandson, Brett Bauer.

A memorial celebration will be held on Friday, April 12 at 6:00 PM at Talbot Family Funeral Home in Mondovi, with Pastor Dale Engen officiating. Full military honors conducted by both the Mondovi American Legion and VFW will follow the service at the funeral home. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, from 3:00 PM until the hour of the memorial celebration at the funeral home. The staff of Talbot Family Funeral Homes, Scenic Rivers Cremation Center assisted Harley's family with arrangements. Memories or condolences may be shared with the family at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 11, 2013
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