Russell M. Wessels

Oct. 19, 1923 - June 6, 2008

Russell M. Wessels, 84, of Sussex, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Friday, June 6, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Velma L. (nee Getz); his three sons, Richard, Robert and Bradley; his daughter, Carol; grandchildren, Wendy, Reid, Drew and Ken; and his great-granddaughter, Kera.

He is preceded in death by his dear grandson, Brady.

Russ was born Oct. 19, 1923, in Buckley, Ill., to Fred and Emma Wessels. He graduated from Urbana High School in 1941, where he was an outstanding athlete. In December 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, and served on the USS Loggerhead (SS 374) until the war ended and he was discharged with honors. After his World War II service, he attended college at Illinois Normal, earning his Bachelor of Science and later Master of Science from, the University of Illinois-Urbana. He spent most of his working years in the field of education, retiring in 1988 from Waukesha County Technical Institute after teaching 20 years in the marketing department. Russís greatest joy was spending summers in Canada at the cottage he built with his sons, fishing and picking blueberries with visiting friends and Canadian neighbors.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Redeemer United Church of Christ, W220-N4915 Town Line Road, Sussex. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until the time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Redeemer U.C.C. or the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.

Schmidt & Bartelt A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Sussex, is assisting the family. For more information, please call the funeral home at 246-4774, or log on to