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Clayton "Tony" Bessette

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Clayton "Tony" R. Bessette, 73, Wausau, died Tuesday May 8, 2012, at St Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, WI. after a short courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Appleton, WI on November 15, 1938, to the late George and Bessie (Werner) Bessette. Tony graduated High School and completed two years of College, before entering and serving his country in the U.S. Air Force in 1957. After his time in the service, he married his first wife Janice Zeinert, and they had six children. Later he married Dorothy (Koy), they were married on December 16, 1995, in Wausau, WI, and remained happily married until his time of death.

A man described by his family as being polite, kind, loving, and patient. He was a man of integrity, and a hard worker. He enjoyed working, and it was always in him to do the best, no matter what the job. He was employed by a few lumber yards in sales, either as a salesman, or management. In his free time he liked doing crossword puzzles and fishing. Being a patient man, he taught all of his kids to Trout fish. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially doing things he enjoyed. In college he played for his basketball team, and also played baseball and softball until he was unable to do so anymore, but continued to "root" on his favorite teams when watching them.

Tony will be sadly missed by his wife, Dorothy; six children, Craig (Shelly) Bessette, Cross Plains, WI., Brian Bessette, Wausau, Kari (Doug) Weisshahn, New London, WI., Kristi (Phil) Harms, Belleville, WI., James (Marcella) Bessette, Belleville, WI., and Andrew (girlfriend, Emily) Bessette, Minot, ND; two step-children, Steven (girlfriend, Chris) Gee, Wausau, and James (Michelle) Gee, Wausau; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Duane (Nona) Bessette, Anchorage, AK; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Don Bessette.

A funeral service will be held 11:00a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012 at Peace U.C.C. in Schofield, WI. Reverend Larry Treece will officiate. A visitation time will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. You may sign our family guestbook at

The family would like to thank all the Doctors and staff at Saint Claries, in Weston, and at Saint Josephs in Marshfield, for all the special care that they provided for Tony.

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on May 9, 2012
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