Loren Gustave Louis Wessel was finally called to his Heavenly Home on October 18th, 2019, from Heartland Senior Living in Truman MN. He will be remembered as a devoted spouse, loving father and grandfather, uncle, and friend. From his family, to his church, to his community, to his combat unit (Loren’s nickname was “Rev”) he will be remembered for his faith in Jesus.
Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Truman. Visitation times will be held on Wednesday from 5-7pm at Zaharia Family Funeral Home and from 9:30-11am prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will take place in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Loren was born on December 4th, 1919 on a farm southwest of Fairmont, MN. He was the fourth of nine children born to Edward and Amanda Wessel. Baptized on December 28, 1919 and confirmed on April 9, 1933 in Fairmont, MN. He finished his education at a county school near Truman, Mn. where their family had moved.
He was 21 years old when World War II broke out. On January 1, 1942 he caught a bus to Fort Snelling in St Paul MN. From there he took a train to Camp Roberts in California for basic training. He eventually joined the thirty-second Infantry Division which was preparing to go overseas. They took a ship to Australia and prepared for their combat in Papua New Guinea.
While he had spent time in Australia during the war, he met a young lady named Beulah Briese. They were married on February 19th, 1955 at the Lutheran Church, Albury, N.S.W. The couple then traveled to Papua New Guinea where Loren had accepted a job as a lay church worker with the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church USA in their Highland Mission Field.
In 1957 Loren and Beulah returned to the United States having completed their terms in the Papua New Guinea mission fields. They settled on a dairy farm outside Truman MN. There they raised their 6 children.
Loren was very involved in his church as President, Elder, and in the choir. He was also involved in his community as Township Supervisor and the Legion Chaplain. A very humble, honorable Christian man that spoke words of wisdom and modeled his faith by his words and actions. He had an amazing memory right up to the end. He cherished relationships, especially with his Lord and Savior.
Left to look forward to the reunion that awaits all Christians on the Last Day are his children, Timothy (Jody) Wessel, Karen Roedel, Warren (Linda) Wessel, Tamara (Bruce) Lammers, Richard Wessel, son-in-law Jim Sackett, grandchildren, MacKenzie (Brian) Pellin, Jennifer (Jordan) Glamann, Kaleb (Rachel) Roedel, Shane (Becky) Roedel, Hunter Roedel, Brooklynn Roedel, Katie Wessel, Ivy Pettersen, Missy Pettersen, Amy (Chris) Hoheisel, Calvin Lammers, Lauren Lammers, Colin (Olivia) Lammers, Jacquie (Paul) Malzahn, Shelby (Bryan) Hauge, Kelsey (Cody) Geistfeld, Kayla, Emily Wessel, Josiah Wessel, Hannah Wessel, Talia Wessel, Joseph Wessel; many great grandchildren and great-great-children, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by wife Beulah, parents Edward and Amanda, daughter Daphne Sackett, son-in-law Marty Roedel, granddaughter Avenelle Joy Lammers, two sisters, six brothers, many in-laws, relatives, and friends.
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