PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Dwan E. Wassell, 85, of Pittsfield, passed away Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) in his home in Pittsfield.
He was born Sept. 10, 1928, in New Hartford, a son of Herbert Gay and Coy Lorriene Johnson Wassell. He married Elsie Marie Slater on July 18, 1959, in Hannibal, Mo. She survives.
Dwan graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1946. He worked at Brown Shoe Factory for 32 years, also working part time in the evenings picking up trash.
When Brown Shoe Factory closed, Dwan started his own business, Wassell Sanitation Service. He serviced and became friends with many families in the area for 45 years before retiring in 2013.
Dwan's life was his family, and he loved being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Elsie, of 54 years, survivors include two sons, William "Bill" Wassell of Pittsfield and Roger Wassell of Palmyra, Mo.; two daughters, Tammy Harshman and Sandy Lierly, both of Pittsfield; eight grandchildren, Kyle Wassell, Traci Childers, Nikki Lierly, Tori Childers, Natalie Lierly, Jason Wisehart, Garrett Wassell and Katie Wassell; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Marion (Elizabeth) Wassell, of Pittsfield; two sisters, Wanna Heyman of Morton and Twylla (Aaron) Kriegel of Petersburg; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
SERVICES: 7 p.m. Saturday in the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, with Brother Jerry Edison conducting. Interment will be held at a later date.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: The family.
ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home.