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Geary L. Wessel, 76, of 324 Greenville Road, St. Marys, died on Monday, July 2, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born on May 24, 1936, in St. Marys, the son of Earl “Heinie” and Alfred (Quellhorst) Wessel, and his mother preceded him in death on May 3. His father also preceded him in death.
He married the love of his life, Betty Knapp, on Dec. 29, 1955, and she preceded him in death on July 5, 2002.
He is survived by his four children, Thressa (Timothy) Adams of Elgin, Laurie (Randy) McDorman of Mendon, Bryan (Judy) Wessel of Cridersville and Bruce (Cheryl) Wessel of Delphos; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann (James) Rempe of St. Marys; a brother, James (Eileen) Wessel of St. Marys.
Geary was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Austin McDorman.
Geary was a 1954 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School.
He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of active service and had lived all around the globe during that time. He served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. He then retired from Huffy Corporation in Celina.
He was a newspaper carrier for many years, as well and was named Carrier of the Year by both The Lima News and the Dayton Daily News for his exemplary service to his customers in the St. Marys and New Knoxville areas. In his spare time, he helped build the Memorial Park Bridge in St. Marys.
He and his wife, Betty, traveled the world. He was extremely patriotic and loved fireworks and being with his family. He also enjoyed trains, especially steam locomotives, and a perfect day for him was watching the trains at the Lima Depot and having a Kewpee burger.
He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys and the Spencerville Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Funeral rites will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where memorial gifts may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.