Rev. Doctor Marc A. Wessels
WESSELS, REVEREND, DOCTOR MARC A., 59, passed away in St. Louis.

Dr. Wessels was born in Bristol, CT to the late Ralph and Jean Wessels. Marc was the Associate Conference Minister for the Missouri Mid- South United Church of Christ Conference, and had recently been named the Conference Minister of the South Dakota United Church of Christ Conference. Marc served in churches in Australia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Louisville. In addition, he began the Disciples of Christ Church at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange. Marc had two passions, animal rescue, especially Irish Setters, and space studies. Dr. Wessels was the founder of Space Exploration Archives and wrote numerous articles for the Courier-Journal and national magazines.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Farmer Wessels; stepchildren, Taylor Bell and Meredith Bell; sister-in law, Kathy Farmer Jenkins; mother-in law, Mary Lloyd Farmer; and his two Irish Setter companions, Kumara and Scarlett.

Memorial services for Dr. Wessels will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road in St. Matthews. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Save Our Setters, Inc.

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Published by Courier-Journal on Jul. 28, 2013.
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Elizabeth and family,

While I did not know Marc, he was obviously a man of great faith who lived his life in the service of others. He had a wonderful wife and family that he most certainly adored. And while he was taken far too early, he lead a very full and fruitful life. May God grant all of you peace and healing during this difficult time.
Keith Steer
September 16, 2013
So sad to see this. He married my second husband and me in '03 and sadly, buried my new husband in '04. Our brief encounter was so special. I know he will be missed.
Nancy Neville
September 11, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of Marc's passing. We were friends in high school and reconnected on Facebook. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Marc was a good, kind friend.
Marian Chaprnka
September 8, 2013
My sympathy and prayers to the family.
Carolyn Hensley Cutshaw
August 4, 2013
We will miss Marc and ache for you. He was a unique person and every conversion was truly out of the ordinary and most often, a learning experience. Rick will miss a friend to drink strange beers with and I'll miss watching him happily and obliviously ignore the big game. He enjoyed life and lived well and you must have great memories of your "honeymoon" weekends. You will be in our hearts and prayers.
Susan, Rick and Alissa Vance
August 1, 2013
We will always be thankful for our friendship with Marc and the time we shared in Australia together. We have some treasured memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth and family.
Jim & Alison Douglas
August 1, 2013
Elizabeth, we've never met; Marc, however is another story. His interest in ecumenical ministry began at Christian Church Uniting in Va. Beach. I was his pastor. I accompanied him to Lancaster Seminary to begin his ministerial journey. His ordination took place in our church upon his graduation. I hold close to my heart his gift to me at that time: a Celtic Cross and Chain. His far reaching journey for Christ's Kingdom was a marvel in itself;unfinished for Marc, and for all who knew him. The next chapter of his life is in our hands. Peace and Grace be with you. Forest Wels, Va. Beach.
August 1, 2013
Thoughts and prayers to Elizabeth, family, and many friends. Marc will be missed by all those he touched, whether two-legged or four-legged.
Alissa Thomas
July 31, 2013
Marc was a good friend. I was Blessed to share time on the Current River with him and have good chats with him from time to time. He Loved Shannondale and cared for our forest. May God Bless his family in this time. Thank you Marc for your Friendship!! See you again someday.
Jeffery fulk
July 31, 2013
Elizabeth - I am sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and your family, and praying for strength for you all during this time.
Bill Taylor
July 31, 2013
Elizabeth, May the Lord comfort and guide you through this darkest time. The Lord will give you strength through his Name. May your memories of your husband, give you peace. My prayers are with you and your family.
Carole Coleman
July 30, 2013
Farewell Marc,you have been a special mate since we first met at St Luke's Uniting Church in Australia.We have shared great times together over the years.We will miss you and never forget you.
Our heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth,Taylor and Meredith.Our thoughts are with you in sadness and in love.
Lindsay,Anni,Mark,Andrew and Joanna Goold
Lindsay Goold
July 30, 2013
Words can't capture how deeply saddened I am for you and your family Elizabeth and how deeply I pray for comfort for you all. Marc was such a remarkable man, and I feel lucky to have known him back when we were all at Brooklawn together. He'll be sorely missed, but also fondly remembered by so many people.
fred schloemer
July 29, 2013
To Elizabeth and Family,
Our deepest sympathy at this sad time.The legacy of Marc's wonderful ministry in Australia will never be forgotten.
Much love and fond memories of our times together both in Australia and Kentucky.
Love from Margaret Wilson.St Luke's Uniting Church of Australia.Mt Waverley.Victoria Australia
Margaret Wilson
July 29, 2013
I only knew Marc for a brief time. I loved hearing him talk about space and his experiences at Luther Luckett. He was a one-of-a-kind UCC guy. My sympathies go out to his family, the friends and colleagues we shared across the Kentuckiana Association, and to the South Dakota Conference who never had a chance to say hello.
Rev Bev Lewis
July 29, 2013
Elizabeth, my heart goes out to you and your family with the sudden passing of your husband.
Susan Stewart
July 29, 2013
Marc was a friend and colleague of mine. A special memory for me will always be him hosting us at Luther Luckett when he was chaplain. His ministry there was powerful, and he opened my eyes to ministry within prison walls. I will always be grateful for his ministry and friendship. May Christ's peace surround and uphold you in these days of grief.
Ann Houlette
July 29, 2013
Dear Elizabeth, Taylor and Meredith,
Please find solace knowing that Marc will live in memories of people around the world, including his friends and godchildren here in Australia.
We are thinking of you over the distance that separates us.
Pam, David, Emily and Tom Hart.
David Hart
July 29, 2013
Elizabeth, my heart is so heavy for you and your family. I am praying for God's grace and strength to uphold you, and for His love to surround and comfort you. Love, hugs and prayers....
Lydia Collard
July 28, 2013
Oh, Elizabeth and family, I am so shocked at this news. What a loss to our world and all those who Marc touched. Max and I grieve with you and send our love at this difficult time.
Pamela Pettyjohn
July 28, 2013
I worked with Marc during my time as a pastor in Missouri. He had the superb gift of being able to cut to the core of an issues. What a loss for the church.
Rev. James Semmelroth Darnell
July 28, 2013
Elizabeth, I worked with Marc on the DOC church at Luther Luckett in my capacity as board chair. Marc had both a heart for the ministry there and also the wit to navigate the politics to accomplish the goal of bringing community on Christ to the inmates. Our hearts break for your loss. Nicole and Tony Hendricks
nicole hendricks
July 28, 2013
We will miss Marc's visits to the stamp store here in Louisville. He was a kind, gentle man who did much good in the world especially in regards to those incarcerated in KY. Our sympathy to his family and many friends.
Bob & the guys Moore
July 28, 2013
Elizabeth, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you...........Bren
July 28, 2013
On behalf of St. John.s UCC, Fruitland, Mo we extend our sincere sympathy to the family of a wonderful man. May God uphold you in this difficult time.
Rodney Pensel
July 28, 2013
Elizabeth, our hearts are breaking for you. We area all here when you need us.
Your Atria Springdale Team
Monica Wells
July 28, 2013
My husband and I are members of the S.D. Conference U.C.C. and had dinner with Marc in Long Beach, CA during the UCC General Synod meeting earlier this month. Even though we knew him briefly it was a wonderful connection. We along with the churches and members of the S.D. Conference grieve the loss of his spirit for ministry that was evident immediately and looked forward to. Our hearts and souls are with Elizabeth and Marc's family in this time of loss.
Elaine L. and Robert B. Miller and Frieberg
July 28, 2013