Harold Wesse, 88

Harold G. Wesse, 88, of White Pigeon, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Dolton, Ill., a son of Herman and Elsie (Beckman) Wesse.

He had been a resident of the White Pigeon area since 1948, having spent his early life in Illinois.

On Sept. 25, 1948, he married B. Juanita Schultz in Constantine.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, private first class, serving in Italy, and earned three bronze stars and other citations.

He was employed for as a machine operator at Kirsch Company, more than 30 years in Sturgis, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of White Pigeon American Legion Post #138, a life member of the DAV in Elkhart, Ind. He was past member of the VFW Post #1355 in Sturgis. He was a member of White Pigeon Men’s Bowling Association and was a White Pigeon volunteer fireman. he enjoyed woodworking, fishing and gardening.

Surviving are his wife, B. Juanita Wesse of White Pigeon; two daughters, Donna J. Hendricks of Sturgis and Marsha K. (Dan) Chapman of Constantine; a son, Marty (Shirley) Wesse of Shipshewana, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Linda Wesse of White Pigeon; 14 grandchildren;

27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis W. Wesse; three brothers; and a sister.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services and interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at White Pigeon Township Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Cox of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Shipshewana will officiate. Full military rites will follow.

Arrangement are by Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon.

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