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
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
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