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Memorial Service

Zoar United Church of Christ - New Hanover
Monday October 26th, 2020

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Lyle A. Wessel

Lyle A. Wessel, 80, of Waterloo, Illinois, went to his heavenly reward October 20, 2020, in Waterloo, IL. His family was at his bedside. He was born May 24, 1940, in St. Louis, MO. Lyle was a gentle, kind soul, loved by everyone who was fortunate to have met him.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann Wessel (nee Heine); sister LuAnne (Leonard) Roy; sisters-in-law, Verona (Melvin) Schwartz, and Rita (Les) Deterding; brother-in-law Vernon (Irene) Heine; many nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; great great nieces; and great great nephews.

Lyle is preceded in death by his parents Helmuth and Alma Wessel nee Wild; mother-in-law and father-in-law; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Delbert & Ginny Heine, Arthur & Dorothy Georgen, and  Ardell & Jean Heine

His first love was farming. He loved and cared for the land.

Lyle was a graduate from Waterloo High School and Belleville Area College. He served in the military in the United States Army reserves where he was a member of the Army Band. Lyle was always involved in some organization to better the lives of others. He was a member of Jaycees 1962-1976, member of Monroe County Fair Association for 54 years  (served 15 years as secretary, 1 year as treasurer, and in charge of renting buildings for storage), Waterloo Fire Dist. Trustee for 40+ years (served as secretary of treasury), Monroe County Fair Board since 1976 both as vice president and president, Monroe County Gateway FS since 1987,  Monroe County Farm Bureau (past treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president), IL Soybean Check-Off Board as treasurer and secretary, Illinois Soybean Assn. (Director 12 years), Zoar Church Consistory, Soil & Water Board.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and all who knew him.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Zoar United Church of Christ, Zoar Cemetery, or Heartland Hospice

Memorial Visitation:
3 PM to 6 PM Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Quernheim Funeral Home
9 AM until time of service Monday at Zoar United Church of Christ

Memorial Service:
10 AM Monday, October 26, 2020 at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, IL
Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating
Interment at New Hanover Cemetery of Zoar in New Hanover, IL

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Dear Ruth - John and I were saddened to read of Lyles passing. We send our deepest sympathy to you and yours. Monroe County has lost a true gentleman, who loved his family, his farm, and the very soil.

Kathryn Campbell Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM

Lyle was a kind hearted soft spoken man. I helped him haul corn to the elevator in Waterloo. He was a pleasure to be around and the world was a better place because of him.

God bless the family and comfort them in this time of sorrow.

Glen Brandt

Glen Brandt Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM

Ruth Ann and family you are in my prayers for peace. Im sending you much love. God made a special place in my heart for Lyle. He stood out among the many. A really great man. Im so thankful the Lord connected us through Lions.

Kim Strellis Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM